Common Names: Black trumpet, horn of plenty, black chanterelle, trumpet of the dead
DNA studies have shown the Eastern North American black trumpet (Craterellus fallax) to be a different species than the European black trumpet (Craterellus cornucopioides). The mushrooms are black to brownish, trumpet-shaped, and lacking any gills. The trumpet flesh is slightly wavy like skin that's wrinkled like too much water. The fresh mushrooms smell fragrant like wet clay and perhaps fresh laundry. It is pleasant, like a flower. It is hard to find because of its dark color, which easily blends in with the leaf litter on the forest floor.
You can often find it in rich soil, surrounded by hemlock trees, and nearby water source, or after a good rainy season. Look in late August in deep Connecticut forests. Hunters of this mushroom say it is like looking for black holes in the ground.
Devils Den Nature Preserve
Mine Hill Preserve
Southford Falls State Park
Trout Brook Valley Preserve