Craterellus tubaeformis

Craterellus tubaeformis (formerly Cantharellus tubaeformis) is an edible fungus, also known as yellowfoot, winter mushroom, or funnel chanterelle. It is mycorrhizal, forming symbiotic associations with plants, making it very challenging to cultivate. It is smaller than the golden chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius) and has a dark brown cap with paler gills and a hollow yellow stem. C. tubaeformis tastes stronger but less fruity than the golden chanterelle. It has a very distinctive smokey, peppery taste when raw. It grows in temperate and cold parts of Northern America and Europe, including Scandinavia, Finland, Russia, and the British Isles, as well as in the Himalayas in Asia, including Assam,[1] in the central parts of the Indian Subcontinent,[2] and in Thailand.[3]

Craterellus tubaeformis
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Scientific classification
C. tubaeformis
Binomial name
Craterellus tubaeformis
(Fr.) Quél. 1888
Craterellus tubaeformis
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Mycological characteristics
ridges on hymenium
cap is infundibuliform
hymenium is decurrent
stipe is bare
spore print is cream to salmon
ecology is mycorrhizal
edibility: choice

C. tubaeformis is a yellowish-brown and trumpet-shaped mushroom found in great numbers late in the mushroom season, thus earning the common name winter mushroom. The cap is convex and sometimes hollow down the middle. The gills are widely separated, and of lighter color than the cap. It grows on moss or rotten wood, and in Northern America it is found mostly in conifer bogs.[4] It is an excellent food mushroom, especially fried or in soups, and is easily dried for preservation.

Molecular phylogenetics has shown that C. tubaeformis deserves its reclassification from Cantharellus to Craterellus. Additionally, it appears that there are two distinct genetic populations that have traditionally been called tubaeformis: one in Europe and eastern North America, and another in western North America. If these two groups are defined as separate species, the "eastern" yellowfoot would retain the scientific epithet tubaeformis due to the origin of the type specimens in Sweden.[5]

The western North American C. tubaeformis has been shown to make ectomycorrhizal relationships with western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). It is also most common in forests with a large amount of well-rotted coarse woody debris.[6]


Though small, the mushroom is choice and grows in groups.[7] It can be eaten with meat, in soups, pasta, and other dishes.[8]

Similar speciesEdit

Craterellus lutescens differs only in colours, but is more rare, and is found only from very wet places. Both mushrooms are edible, have a similar taste, and are usually mixed.


  1. ^ Sarma, T. C.; Sarma, I.; Patiri, B. N. (2010). "Wild Edible Mushrooms Used by Some Ethnic Tribes of Western Assam" (PDF). The Bioscan. 3: 613–625.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Borkar, Pramod; Doshi, Anila; Navathe, Sudhir (2015). "Mushroom Diversity of Konkan Region of Maharashtra, India". Journal of Threatened Taxa. 7 (10): 7625–7640. doi:10.11609/jott.o4283.7625-40.
  3. ^ Phosri, Cherdchai; Polme, Sergei; Taylor, Andy F. S.; Koljalg, Urmas; Suwannasai, Nuttika; Tedersoo, Leho (2012). "Diversity and community composition of ectomycorrhizal fungi in a dry deciduous dipterocarp forest in Thailand". Biodiversity and Conservation. 21 (9): 2287–2298. doi:10.1007/s10531-012-0250-1. S2CID 14185353.
  4. ^ retrieved 10 Mar 2015
  5. ^ Dahlman, Mattias; Danell, Eric; Spatafora, Joseph W. (April 2000). "Molecular systematics of Craterellus: cladistic analysis of nuclear LSU rDNA sequence data" (PDF). Mycological Research. 104 (4): 388–394. doi:10.1017/S0953756299001380. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-04.
  6. ^ Trappe, MJ (May–Jun 2004). "Habitat and host associations of Craterellus tubaeformis in northwestern Oregon". Mycologia. 96 (3): 498–509. doi:10.2307/3762170. JSTOR 3762170. PMID 21148873.
  7. ^ Phillips, Roger (2010). Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books. p. 251. ISBN 978-1-55407-651-2.
  8. ^ Meuninck, Jim (2017). Foraging Mushrooms Oregon: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Mushrooms. Falcon Guides. pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-1-4930-2669-2.

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