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Cantharellus cascadensis Dunham, O'Dell & R. Molina

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Scientific name
Cantharellus cascadensis
Author
Dunham, O'Dell & R. Molina
Common names
Hybrid Chanterelle
Cascade Chanterelle
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Basidiomycota
Class
Agaricomycetes
Order
Cantharellales
Family
Cantharellaceae
Assessment status
Assessed
Preliminary Category
LC
Proposed by
Noah Siegel
Assessors
Noah Siegel
Comments etc.
James Westrip

Assessment Notes

Justification

Cantharellus cascadensis is a widespread chanterelle in the Pacific Northwest and northern California.

Being a highly prized edible species, it is sought after by many mushroom hunters and foragers. No decline has been observed due to harvesting, and populations are likely more widespread and common due to forest management practices for increased timber production.

This species should be listed as Least Concern (LC)


Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus cascadensis was described from Oregon, USA (Dunham et al. 2003).

It belongs to a complex of western North American golden chanterelle speceis, which were generally recorded as C. cibarius, and later as C. formosus (Thiers 1985, Arora 1986, Redhead et al. 1997)


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Cantharellus cascadensis is a widespread chanterelle in the Pacific Northwest and northern California.

Being a highly prized edible species, it is sought after by many mushroom hunters and foragers. No decline has been observed due to harvesting, and populations are likely more widespread and common due to forest management practices for increased timber production.

This species should be listed as Least Concern (LC)


Geographic range

Known from the coast and Coast Range in northern California, USA, and the southern Sierra Nevada mountains in California, north through the Cascade Mountains into Washington, and in lower elevations into southern British Columbia, Canada; east into the northern Rocky Mountains in Idaho.


Population and Trends

Population is widespread; occasional across much of its range, only locally common. No decline has been noted. Bases on habitat it has been observed (N. Siegel, 2011-2019), it is often found in young Douglas-fir forests, which is very prevalent across the range. With current forest management practices, the population is stable, or may even be increasing overall.

Population Trend: Stable


Habitat and Ecology

Ectomycorrhizal with conifers; especially common in young to mid-seral stage Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) forests in the Pacific Northwest, and mixed montane forests dominated by fir (Abies spp.). Fruiting in fall and early winter.


Threats

No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.


Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions is needed with regards to this species. No specific research actions is needed with regards to this species.


Research needed

No specific research actions is needed with regards to this species.


Use and Trade

Cantharellus cascadensis is a highly prized edible species, and is commonly collected, and even commercially harvested across its range.

Food - human

Bibliography

Arora, D. 1986. Mushrooms Demystified. Ten Speed Press: Berkeley, CA. 959 p.

Dunham, S.M., O’dell, T.E. and Molina, R. 2003. Analysis of nrDNA sequences and microsatellite allele frequencies reveals a cryptic chanterelle species Cantharellus cascadensis sp. nov. from the American Pacific Northwest. Mycological Research 107(10): 1163-1177.

iNaturalist. 2021. https://www.inaturalist.org

Mushroom Observer. 2021. http://www.mushroomobserver.org

Redhead, S.A., Norvell, L. and Danell, E. 1997. Cantharellus formosus and the pacific golden chanterelle harvest in western North America. Mycotaxon 65: 285-322.

Siegel, N. and Schwarz, C. 2016. Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast. Ten Speed Press: Berkeley, CA. 601 p.

Thiers, H.D. 1985. The Agaricales (Gilled Fungi) of California. 2. Cantharellaceae. Mad River Press: Eureka, CA. 34 p.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted