Craterellus cornucopioides in the French craterellus shaped cornucopia , Cornucopia or Black Chanterelles , is a fungus ( Fungi ) basidiomycete of the family of Cantharellaceae present in the forests of the northern hemisphere. It is an edible mushroom, in the shape of a cornucopia like the chanterelles , entirely hollow and whose hymenium is not wrinkled, unlike the chanterelles. The most common vernacular names are Horn of plenty for its form, Black Chanterelles.
The sporophore rarely exceeding 10 cm is very fleshy and completely hollow, trumpet-shaped ( cantharelloid ), flared in a funnel with a margin largely scalloped and irregular. The cuticle is covered with scales ( scaly ), gray black to dark brown or tawny; the foot is hollow, of the same color as the hat and tapering at the base. The outer surface that bears the wavy hymenium is bluish gray.
Habitat and distribution
This species, widespread, grows in groups mainly in deciduous forests (beech, oak, chestnut, hazel) or sometimes under coniferous forests, appreciating the heavy and very wet soils (clay, for example). It appears in autumn (from August to November) 13 , and can be very abundant after heavy rains. This fungus is sometimes difficult to distinguish from the soil because of its dark color, its small size and because it is often covered with dead leaves.
It is found in North America, Europe, Japan and Korea. In Europe, the Trumpet of Death is generally common, but it seems to be rare in some countries