Started a new summer mushroom thread. Happy Hunting!
True that! A couple of years ago i was dropping off something at a friend's house while he was at work. As agreed I put it out of sight on his back patio. As I was leaving I spotted something shroomy in one of his flower beds. I thought I had hit the Chant mother lode! But the more I looked, the more my doubt grew. These things were orange, not yellow. They grew in clusters, not singly. Further inspection revealed they were growing out of the wood mulch of the flower bed. They were jacks!Pan its hard to give a good id with just pictures of the cap. One of the primary characteristics is the false gills, another is the flesh is white to slightly cream colored. Your pictures look to be chants but I haven't seen many in groups like your pictures, but I guess some have found them like that. False chanterelles usually have flesh the same color as the cap or close to it. The best way to get a good id is to tear the cap and stem length way and look at the flesh and gills. Some say they smell like apricots but I can't smell good enough to tell. To be 100% sure after you checked everything else do a spore print, it should be off white to light cream color. As far as mistaking for jacks I think once you see a jack-o-lantern you will be able to rule them out.
Good point! I know we're really not supposed to identify shrooms by eye only, but sight is the first test! Have you ever experienced a year on any mushroom forum where someone doesn't post a pic of Gyromitra and ask if it's a morel? HUH?! Doesn't look anything like a morel! Have you read, looked at, or studied anything? Or are you just wandering around the woods aimless and clueless! I want to just slap some of these people sometime!Pan, yours are chants. Jacks grow much larger, have gills, and usually proper caps. They are more pumpkin colored, and they usually fade to brownish-orange. They also are much bigger and grow in big clumps, as opposed to chants, which might have a clump of 3-5, but will be shallowly in dirt. Chants also have that apricot smell, are pretty much always dry/drier and don't get slimy, even when wet. But that's just me...I think chants and jacks look as different as pumpkin and lemon meringue pies
shroomsearcher I am in central pa. ( snyder co). In this area I found chanterelles every year since I have been harvesting them. I usually find them into the middle of sept. if it stays warm enough.Wow! Lots of Chants there! I hope to see something like that some day. Don't know exactly where you're located, but our undergrowth is nowhere near as developed as in your pic! Maybe the best is yet to come.