Cantharellus lateritius is a common species in eastern North America. Reports from Africa and Asia likely represent distinct species, and are not considered with this assessment. The recently described C. flavolateritius Buyck & V. Hofst. is very similar, and has been lumped under the name C. lateritius for years.
Proposing as part of the global IUCN project to assess Cantharellus species. Cantharellus lateritius is a common and widespread species in eastern North America. Population appears to be stable; no sign of decline has been observed.
Eastern North America, from southern coastal Maine across southern New England, south of the Great Lakes to the eastern prairie states, south to Texas, east to Florida. Also reported from Mexico.
Population is widespread and stable. No decline has been noted.
Population Trend: Stable
Ectomycorrhizal with hardwoods, especially Quercus species, in young to mature forests. Often fruiting in gregarious patches.
Distinguishing Cantharellus lateritius from C. flavolateritius in the field, and from photographs to get a better idea on range and habitat of both species.
Commonly collected by forgers and low scale commercial pickers as an edible species.
BUYCK B., OLARIAGA I., JUSTICE J., LEWIS D., ROODY W. & HOFSTETTER V., 2016e — The dilemma of species recognition in the field when sequence data are not in phase with phenotypic variability. Cryptogamie, Mycologie 37(3):367-390.