Red Chanterelles

Unlike yellow and black chanterelles, of which there are a large number of forms in Arkansas, the variety of red-colored chanterelles is very limited. Within our state occurs only one red chanterelle (Cantharellus cinnabarinus) which is small in stature but very common. If a second species of red chanterelle (C. persicinus) really does occur in Arkansas, it is rare. 

Red Combo

Cantharellus cinnabarinus Schweinitz (Fig. 9). This is our common red-colored chanterelle. It is a small-sized species with the caps ranging from 0.375 to 2.5 inches (1 – 6.4 cm) in diameter. Color of the cap is flamingo pink to vermillion or a bright reddish orange, making this chanterelle easy to identify. The gill-like ridges and stem are the same color as the top of the cap, but these bright colors often fade with age due to exposure to sunlight. The ridges are blunt, cross-veined, and run down the stem. These chanterelles are found throughout Arkansas, occurring in groups in mixed forests and often close to pine trees. They have the same fruiting season as Cantharellus lateritius. Specimens of both C. lateritius and C. cinnabarinus may be found fruiting in the same or adjacent areas. 

Cantharellus persicinus R.H. Petersen. This species was described from collections made in a mixed forest containing oak and hemlock in Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. It is somewhat of a robust chanterelle with stems that can be 3 inches (7.6 cm) in length. Caps can be up to almost 3 inches in diameter. The salmon to peach color of the cap is the distinguishing feature of this chanterelle. Color of its gill-like ridges is pallid salmon when young, fading to yellow salmon with age. Cantharellus persicinus has been found in Tennessee, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. It is a very uncommon to rarely collected chanterelle, but the senior author may have found it once in Arkansas, fruiting under oak. 

Cantharellus Clearfork
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