Spore print white. Caps often distorted in shape, sunken in the centre and somewhat funnel-shaped. The gills are poorly developed, with a fold-like appearance. The stalk is short and has no ring. Brightly coloured, often in large swarms on the forest floor.
The bright yellow Cantharellus wellingtonensis is common throughout the country. Its biology is uncertain, but is particularly common under tea-tree and Nothofagus, and it may be ectomycorrhizal.
The only other species reported for New Zealand is the rarely collected, salmon-coloured C. elsae.


NZFungi Entry

Hygrophorus elsae
(=Cantharellus elsae)

A Critically endangered species.

Cantharellus wellingtonensis

Common throughout the country.