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Craterellus cornucopioides

Craterellus fallax

Craterellus konradii

Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusCraterellus
Speciescornucopioides

About plant names...

The black trumpet is a highly coveted North American native.

Identification: These chanterelles are 1¾-4½" (5-12 cm) tall and ⅜-1¾" (1-5 cm) wide. They may be dark gray, tan, dark brown, even nearly black. Instead of a dome-shaped cap, black trumpets have a trumpet- or funnel-shaped appearance. Gills run down the sides of the stalk, though they aren’t always visible. Black trumpets used to have a nearly identical twin, Craterellus fallax, and a lighter-brown near twin, Craterellus konradii, but recent DNA studies have confirmed that these are all the same species.[1] Spore prints may be whitish, pale yellow, or pink.

Black trumpets are found in the woods, under oak, tanoak, manzanita, madrone, or huckleberry, usually nestled among mosses. Sometimes they’re practically invisible. I first encountered them in Ellen Zachos’ (downanddirtygardening.com) rural Pennsylvania back yard. I was bewildered when she pointed them out. “Where are they?” “You’re standing on them.” These were only about a half inch tall, though she later wrote that they subsequently became much larger.

Edibility: Black trumpets are truly delicious, among the most prized finds of mushroom hunters. One common name for this fungus is trumpets du mort (trumpets of death), but this is based on appearance, not edibility.

Online References:

Craterellus cornucopioides on Michael Kuo's MushroomExpert.com

Craterellus cornucopioides on Tom Volk's Fungi site, at the Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin

Craterellus cornucopioides on AmericanMushrooms.com

Craterellus cornucopioides on www.wildpurveyors.com

Craterellus cornucopioides on theforagerpress.com

References:

Arora, David, Mushrooms Demystified, Ten Speed Press, 1986, p. 666

Barron, George, Mushrooms of Northeast North America, Lone Pine Publishing, 1999, p. 248

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

7/2/2011 · Mike and Ellen’s, Milford, PA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

7/14/2013 · Ball Hill Trail, Leominster State Forest, Leominster, MA
≈ 6 × 7" (16 × 17 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

7/2/2011 · Mike and Ellen’s, Milford, PA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

1Michael Kuo's article describes the DNA studies

Craterellus cornucopioides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 28 Oct 2013.

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Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

8/14/2015 · Roost Trail, Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, Maine
≈ 4 × 4" (10 × 10 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

10/16/2013 · Willard Brook State Park, Blue Trail, Ashby, MA
≈ 5 × 4" (13 × 10 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

7/14/2013 · Ball Hill Trail, Leominster State Forest, Leominster, MA
≈ 3½ × 4" (9.5 × 9.9 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

7/14/2013 · Ball Hill Trail, Leominster State Forest, Leominster, MA
≈ 7 × 5" (16 × 12 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

7/2/2011 · Mike and Ellen’s, Milford, PA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

7/2/2011 · Mike and Ellen’s, Milford, PA
≈ 3½ × 2½" (9.8 × 6.6 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

10/18/2008 · 43° 10' 16" N, 4° 59' 50.5" W, Sajambre, León, Spain · By David Perez

Craterellus cornucopioides (Black Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Black Chanterelle, Trumpets du Mort)

10/16/2013 · Willard Brook State Park, Blue Trail, Ashby, MA
≈ 5 × 7" (13 × 16 cm)