We found all these mushrooms in the coast range yesterday. We ate the lighter colored,bigger mushrooms last night which we are confident are Chanterelles. (They were sublime sauteed and served with pasta and alfredo sauce). My question is about the more orange colored, smaller mushrooms. They seem to have the shape and false gills of a Chanterelle, and the white flesh in the cap, but the stem interiors are brownish and mostly hollow. Could they be older Chanterelles they are decaying in the stem, or might they be another kind of mushroom?
Washington County Oregon
The darker mushrooms are the false-Chanterelle, Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, which grows right along with Chanterelles. It is differentiated by its much thinner gills and narrower stalk, with a habitat on dead wood or wood chips: the true Chanterelle is mycorrhizal with conifer roots. It is listed as edible by some sources, poisonous by others. Given that the real Chanterelles are out, I would suggest not eating the Hygrophoropsis.