Craterellus cornucopioides

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Craterellus cornucopioides

29 October 2006 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Black Trumpets, Horn of Plenty

Fruiting Body

Trumpet shaped, curved outwards at the margin, inner surface brown to black, outer surface greyish, to about 10 cm high and 5 cm across

Flesh

Thin, easily torn, concolorous

Smell

Pleasant

Taste

Pleasant

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

In leaf litter in deciduous woods, favouring oak and beech

Spore Print

Pale buff

Microscopic Features

Ellipsoidal, smooth, sometimes with drops (12-17) x (9-11) µm2

Edibility

Edible and excellent though they need to be cleaned carefully as insects often rest inside the stems. In my opinion this is one of the most delicious of all edible fungi.

Notes

This species can occur in huge numbers, often in the same place each year, although it can be hard to spot

Additional Photographs

Craterellus cornucopioides

18 October 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Craterellus cornucopioides

29 October 2006 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Craterellus cornucopioides

18 October 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Craterellus cornucopioides

October 2001 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin