Hello dear mycology wizards!

Could you help me figure out what's the name of this species. I found the mushrooms in a forest near to Raymond, WA. The area was quite wet and mossy, but not a swamp. There was a creek ~50-75 feet away. The forest is mostly coniferous trees with a few birches.

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Here are the photos of the mushroom of interest:

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    $\begingroup$ just as a preface to any responses you get: I have not known this community to be especially knowledgeable about mushrooms (i.e., I don't know of any mycology wizards here), so I would suggest you research further any answer you receive and/or seek additional insight from a known mycologist. (Not that an answer you get isn't correct, but I think fungi are notoriously tricky to ID and easily misidentified by even trained mycologists -- so do more of your own sleuthing with whatever info you glean from this community). Good luck :). $\endgroup$ Nov 30 '19 at 17:18

To me that looks like Chrysomphalina chrysophylla, which is one of several fungi superficially similar to the chanterelles.

(The chanterelle in contrast has gradual increase in the diameter of the stalk rather than a sharp demarkation between the stalk and cap.)

Chrysomphalina chrysophylla is a species that has been reported in Washington: Chrysomphalina chrysophylla ©Kit Scates Barnhart Source: Burke Herbarium Image Collection (for Washington state)

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    $\begingroup$ All the mushrooms I saw on the site had straight, not curved stocks. None of them grew on the dead wood/logs. I suspect it's a different fungi, but I really appreciate your attempt to identify it! $\endgroup$ Nov 30 '19 at 20:53

I'm pretty sure those are false chanterelles. True chanterelles, like Igor said, have a stalk that gradually widens from the base to where the mushroom cap starts, giving then kind of a fat look, if that makes sense. Chanterelles also aren't so garishly orange, they're more of a creamy orange-yellow, and they have more of a ruffled edge on the cap. enter image description hereenter image description here

Be really careful because false chanterelles can make you quite sick. Hope you didn't eat any of those before finding out for sure! Good luck in your hunting

  • $\begingroup$ No, I did not eat any (in fact I didn't even collect them). I found them a year ago when I was shopping for land in that area... Thank you! $\endgroup$ Dec 11 '20 at 1:38
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    $\begingroup$ The specimens in OP's photographs don't look like false chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) at all. $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Sep 8 at 11:23

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