Scientific Name: Craterellus cornucopioides (Cantherellaceae). 'Cornucopioides' refers to the cornucopia (Horn of Plenty) of Greek myth.
English Name: Horn of Plenty; Trumpet of Death (Chanterelle family).
French Name: Trompette de la mort (='trumpet of death'); Craterelle; Trompette des morts (='trumpet of the dead'); la Craterelle en forme de corne (='horn shaped chanterelle').
5 Key Characters:
- very dark coloured, grey brown to black.
- funnel shaped with a somewhat wrinkled rolled edge.
- very hard to see in the leaf litter.
Lookalikes: Chanterelle Cantharellus cibarius, which is yellow all over. Trumpet Chanterelle Cantharellus tubaeformis, which has a yellow stem.
Habitat: In the leaf litter of deciduous woodland, usually under Hornbeam Carpinus betulus, sometimes Beech Fagus sylvaticus or Oak Quercus spp.
Fruiting Period: June-July-August-September-October-November-December.
Status: Locally abundant.
Edible or Toxic? One of the most prized edible mushrooms in the forest.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|The uncommon C. c. var. flavicans, found in the Forest of Preuilly, October 2015.|