|merly a of Hygrophoropsis, Aphroditeola olida is also similar in appearance to H. aurantiaca but can be distinguished from the false chanterelle by its smaller, pinkish fruit bodies and candy-like odour. It also has smaller spores. Chrysomphalina chrysophylla has a yellowish brown cap and unked yellow gills. Cortinarius hesleri, an eastern North American species that associates with oaks, has a rusty brown spore print and a cortina in young
specimens. The poisonous jack-o'-lantern mushrooms (genus Omphalotus) comprise another group of lookalikes; however, they have straight, non-ked true gills. The European wood-rotting species Haasiella splendidissima,[nb 1] sometimes confused with H. aurantiaca, is most reily distinguished from the latter by its pink spore print and gills that do not k. Distribution, habitat, and ecology ion from Pennsylvania
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca is a widely distributed species. In Europe and North America, it is found in both hardwood and conifer ests, as well as heathland, in summer and autumn. In Mexico, it is common in coniferous ests. It fruits from the ground or from decaying wood, on burned areas in ests, and is often found near fallen trees and tree stumps. The fungus can also grow on woodchips used in gardening and landscaping, and so it also appears on rosides and other locations w this material is used. Fruit bodies occur singly to scattered, or in clusters, and can be very abundant. Generally
considered a dry weather mushroom, it can be plentiful when other mushrooms are scarce. Other locations w the false chanterelle has been recorded include Central and South America, northern Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Populations in Calinia represent a complex of undescribed species that are ively referred to as Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca sensu lato. A saprophytic fungus, H. aurantiaca obtains nutrients from est litter and decomposing wood, causing a brown rot on the wood upon which it grows.
H. aurantiaca secretes large amounts of oxalic acid, a reducing agent and relatively strong acid. This stimulates weathering of the humus layer of est soil, and influences the solubility and turnover of nutrients (particularly phosphorus and nitrogen), which in turn affects their availability use by est trees. Edibility The false chanterelle has been described as edible (though not tasty) by some experts, but other authors report it as potentially poisonous. Indeed, Fries described it as venenatus, meaning "poisonous", in 1821. David Arora speculates that the confusion about edibility may be a result of