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Cantharellus heinemannianus Eyssart. & Buyck

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Scientific name
Cantharellus heinemannianus
Eyssart. & Buyck
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
James Westrip
James Westrip

Assessment Notes


Cantharellus heinemannianus is a chanterelle species of miombo woodland. It appears to occur in several sub-Saharan countries, and could be even more widespread than known. It is not thought to warrant a listing as threatened under any criterion, and so is assessed as Least Concern.

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle project

Geographic range

This species was described from the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, at Chibouli (Eyssartier and Buyck 1998), but it is likely to be widespread in miombo woodland, with reports of its consumption in Zimbabwe (Mlambo and Maphosa 2017), and also records from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Botanicalcollections.be 2021). There is a record from Tanzania in GBIF.org, although from some years before the species was described, so whether it represents this species strictly is uncertain, although it is potentially within an area of suitable habitat.

Population and Trends

There is no quantitative information regarding the population size and trend, although ongoing anthropogenic activities in miombo woodland are suspected to be leading to declines.

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology

This is a woodland species (Buyck et al. 2013) of the miombo of southern Africa. It was described from an area of quite humid forest (Eyssartier and Buyck 1998).

Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland ForestDry SavannaMoist Savana


There are ongoing threats to miombo woodland from logging and land conversion to agriculture (see Jew et al. 2016).

Small-holder farmingSmall-holder grazing, ranching or farmingUnintentional effects: subsistence/small scale (species being assessed is not the target) [harvest]

Conservation Actions

Research needed

Surveys to ascertain the full range of the species would be beneficial.

Population size, distribution & trends

Use and Trade

This species is consumed and potentially has medicinal uses (Reid et al. 2016, Mlambo and Maphosa 2017).

Food - humanMedicine - human & veterinary


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted