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Group of Fungi: Agarics
Latin Name: Xeromphalina campanella (Batsch) Maire
Common Name: Golden Trumpets
Description: Total height 5/8–2 1/2 in (1.5–6.5 cm); cap 1/4–3/4 in (0.5–2.0 cm wide, orange-brown to yellow-brown, convex with a depressed center, surface smooth; gills widely spaced, bright yellow to orange, extending down the top of the stalk; stalk 3/8–2 in (1–5 cm) long, 1/16–1/8 in (0.15–0.3 cm) in diameter, yellow above and reddish-brown below with yellowish-brown hairs at the base; spores white in mass.
Biological Role: Decomposer of wood.
Habitat: On decaying stumps and logs of conifers; occurring in dense and sometimes massive clusters of hundreds of fruiting bodies.
Geographical Distribution: Widely distributed throughout North America.
Comments: Xeromphalina kauffmanii is nearly identical but occurs on the decaying wood of broadleaf trees. Because of its bright color and the fact that it invariably occurs in dense cluster, this is usually an easy fungus to recognize.