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Craterellus cornucopioides (L.) Pers.

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 coveted North American native. One common name for this fungus is trompette de la mort (trumpet of death), but this is based on appearance, not edibility.

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. 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’ rural Pennsylvania back yard (downanddirtygardening.com). 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. Here in midcoast Maine, when conditions are right, these mushrooms are plentiful.

Edibility: Black trumpets are delicious, prized for their odor, a mixture of woodsy and an apricot-like sweetness. They are added to spaghetti sauces, stir fries, and eggs. See www.mushroomknowhow.com for a recipe and other information.

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

Craterellus cornucopioides on www.mushroomknowhow.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)

7/21/2020 · Cathance River Nature Preserve Trails, Highland Green, Topsham, Maine
≈ 4½ × 3½" (12 × 9.8 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/21/2018 · Oak Hill, Littleton, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 3½ × 2½" (9.5 × 7.3 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/19/2020 · Heath Trail, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Highland Green, Topsham, Maine
≈ 5 × 3" (12 × 8.4 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/24/2018 · Old Long Loop, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 4½ × 4" (12 × 10 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/21/2018 · Oak Hill, Littleton, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 3 × 3" (8.5 × 7.4 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/19/2020 · Heath Trail, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Highland Green, Topsham, Maine
≈ 10 × 6" (24 × 16 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

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

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/24/2018 · Old Long Loop, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 3½ × 4½" (9.4 × 11 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/26/2018 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenburg, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 2½ × 3½" (7.3 × 9.1 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/24/2018 · Old Long Loop, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 3 × 3" (8.3 × 7.9 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/26/2018 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenburg, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 2½ × 3" (7.1 × 7.4 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/14/2013 · Ball Hill Trail, Leominster State Forest, Leominster, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 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, Penn­syl­vania
≈ 2 × 2½" (5.9 × 7.2 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 7 Nov 2020.

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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)

8/24/2018 · Old Long Loop, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 6 × 6" (15 × 16 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

10/16/2013 · Willard Brook State Park, Blue Trail, Ashby, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 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, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 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, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 7 × 5" (16 × 12 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/19/2020 · Heath Trail, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Highland Green, Topsham, Maine
≈ 8 × 6" (19 × 14 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/24/2018 · Old Long Loop, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

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

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/28/2017 · Porcupine Trail, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 2 × 2" (5.2 × 5.2 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/28/2017 · Porcupine Trail, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 2 × 3" (5.8 × 7.7 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/21/2020 · Cathance River Nature Preserve Trails, Highland Green, Topsham, Maine
≈ 8 × 6" (19 × 16 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/19/2020 · Heath Trail, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Highland Green, Topsham, Maine
≈ 4 × 2½" (10 × 6.8 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/19/2020 · Heath Trail, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Highland Green, Topsham, Maine
≈ 4½ × 5" (12 × 13 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

8/21/2018 · Oak Hill, Littleton, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 3½ × 3" (9.2 × 7.9 cm)

Craterellus cornucopioides (black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpets du mort)

7/2/2011 · Mike and Ellen’s, Milford, Penn­syl­vania
≈ 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, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 5 × 7" (13 × 16 cm)