Like other mushrooms, the major part of the chanterelle is located below the ground and comprises a net of fine fibres called hyphae. The fruit body of this edible mushroom is visible during summer and autumn. It is yellowish orange to whitish. The cap is 3 to 9 centimetres wide, concave and funnel shaped with a lobed and wavy margin. On the lower surface there are transversely interconnected blunt ledges, which are forked and concentric to the stalk. The stalk is often short and tapers downwards. It reproduces via powder-like spores.
The chanterelle grows in clusters in all types of forests, particularly under conifers and on moss. Although not common, it can be found across Europe.