White Chanterelles

A large robust white chanterelle (Cantharellus subalbidus), that is listed as a choice edible in most mushroom field guides, occurs in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. It is not expected that this species of mushroom will be seen east of the Rocky Mountains, however, a white chanterelle has been seen in southern Mississippi (near Wiggins, MS) and in central Florida (in Tallahassee). Those collections of chanterelles had the overall stature of C. cibarius or C. lateritius, but were lacking any yellow or orange pigmentation. Conversations with other mycologists lead to a belief that such sightings are quite rare. Therefore, if any readers come across chanterelles that appear to be lacking in the usual pigments, please contact Jay Justice at justice@aristotle.net so the find can be documented and voucher specimens made.  


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