Hygrophorus cantharellus Chanterelle Hygrophorus
NOTE: This was the shot chosen by the publishers for my book on mushrooms. Interestingly it was NOT one of the several shots that I suggested to the publishers myself. Although I had no strong objections and after all it is THEIR money.
Caps are 0.5-3 cm across, dry, scurfy to minutely scaly, convex to flat or depressed and umbilicate, with a scalloped margin, bright orange-red, and fading to orange or yellow. Gills are decurrent, well-spaced, broad, and usually paler than cap. Stalks are up to 8 cm tall by 4 mm broad, smooth, and coloured as the cap or paler. Spore prints are white. It fruits on the ground in moist woods. Also called Hygrocybe cantharellus.