Species list from Salamander Park with the Allegheny Land Trust on 06/09/2018

After and all-day class Judith Mackenroth and La Monte Yarroll took our fourteen ALT Naturalists into the woods at Salamander Park. One of the Naturalists knows the park well and gave us a bit of its history as a quarry and later a habitat for Spring Salamanders. Rain fell beforehand to conditions were muddy, but spirits were high. We had a very lively identification session with lots of questions and heavy use of reference books.

Species list entered by La Monte H.P. Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Salamandar Park with the Allegheny Land Trust:
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Calocera viscosa (Yellow Tuning Fork),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Coprinus atramentarius (Alcohol inky),
Ductifera pululahuana (White jelly fungus),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Hemitrichia clavata (),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Pachyella clypeata (),
Panaeolus foenisecii (The Lawn Mowers Mushroom),
Parasola plicatilis (Japanese Umbrella Inky),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Polyporus varius (),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Pictures by La Monte Yarroll and Cecily Franklin.

Species list from Phipps BioBlitz on 06/10/2018

WPMC attend the third BioBlitz held by Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park. There was some early rain but the weather did not follow some of the forecasting and the really heavy rain stayed away until after the event. We held two walks in the afternoon attended by about 25 people total. We took the first group down to Panther Hollow finding a variety of species including many of the smaller specimens like the  slime molds and small ascomycetes Eyelash Cup mushrooms.  The second walk was around mature oaks surrounded by grass in the park opposite Phipps where we found the larger mycorrhizal species. There were a number of species that had not been previously identified by the club before. Many of the mycorrhizal species seem to be about 3 weeks ahead of an average season. I have only seen the Amanita minutula (nom provisional) at Harrison Hills park so it was great to find it at a different location. We had had enough time during the day to ID a red capped Russula that falls to bits when you pick it up, Russula tenuiceps, this was new to us but probably grows everywhere. We also identified Inocybe unicolor which was formally known as Inocybe caesariata but that’s the European name.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Richard Jacob, Jim Wasik and LaMonte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Phipps BioBlitz:
Amanita amerirubescens (),
Amanita cokeri (Coker’s Amanita),
Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
Amanita minutula (),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Datronia mollis (),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Hypomyces hyalinus (Amanita Mold),
Inocybe rimosa (Straw-colored Fiber-head),
Lactarius quietus var. incanus (),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Leucogloea compressa (),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Marasmius pulcherripes (),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Panaeolus foenisecii (The Lawn Mowers Mushroom),
Panus conchatus (),
Phellinus robiniae (),
Pleurocybella porrigens (Angel-wing Mushroom),
Polyporus elegans (Elegant Polypore),
Psathyrella candolleana (),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
Russula vinacea (),
Ruzenia spermoides (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Tylopilus ferrugineus (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Inocybe unicolor (),
Xylaria vasconica (),
Russula tenuiceps (),
Small white Coprinus at base of plant.
Small red Russula sp,
Yellowish Russula sp,

Pictures by Richard Jacob

Species list from Bird Park Bioblitz on 06/02/2018

More than 20 adults and lots of kids turned out for WPMC’s walk at Bird Park on June 2, as part of the Mt. Lebanon Conservancy’s BioBlitz. We were accompanied by a writer and photographer for Mt. Lebanon Magazine. WPMC Mycologists and Identifiers were Jim Tunney, La Monte Yarroll, John Plischke III, Blaine Sanner and Dick Dougall.

Species list entered by Jim Tunney.

List of species found on the walk at Bird Park Bioblitz:
Allodus podophylla (Mayapple Rust),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Auricularia auricula (Tree-ear / Wood Ear),
Bolbitius titubans (Egg Yolk),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Cerrena unicolor (),
Climadon pulcherrinis (),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Crucibulum leave (),
Daedalea quercina (Thick-maze Oak Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Ductifera pululahuana (White jelly fungus),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gymnopus subnudus (),
Hemitrichia calyculata (),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Kretzschmaria deusta (Carbon Cushion, Brittle Cinder),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Marasmius opacus (),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mollisia cinerea (),
Mycena galericulata (Common Mycena; Rosy-gill Fairy-helmet),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Oudemansiella mucida (),
Parasola plicatilis (Japanese Umbrella Inky),
Flammulaster erinaceellus (),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Pluteus longistriatus (Pleated Pluteus),
Polyporus craterellus (),
Polyporus elegans (Elegant Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Psathyrella candolleana (),
Psathyrella hydrophila (),
Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata (Psilocybe Ovoid),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Steccherinum ochraceum (),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Tetrapyrgos nigripes (Black-footed Marasmus),
Tremellodendron schweinitzii (),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylaria cubensis (),
Xylaria longipes (),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers),
Xylaria vasconica (Carbon Antlers),

Other species:
Resinomycena sp.
Physarum sp.
Macbrideola sp.
Honey mushroom mycelium,
Coprinellus radians (), orange ozonium mat observed,

Photos by John Pilschke III.

Species list from Mingo Creek County Park on 05/19/2018

Over 15 people braved the rain to join us at Mingo this weekend. The sun came out as soon as the walk started and it turned out to be a beautiful day. We found many interesting species and even a couple (old rotting) morels! A good sized Laetiporus made an appearance and we discovered a wild honeybee hive as well!
Thanks to everyone that came out!

Species list entered by Jared White.

List of species found on the walk at Mingo Creek County Park:
Auricularia angiospermarum (Tree-ear / Wood Ear),
Artomyces pyxidatus (),
Clitocybe gibba (Funnel Clitocybe),
Gymnopus dryophilus (),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Disciotis venosa (Veined Cup),
Neofavolus alveolaris (),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Morchella deliciosa (White Morel),
Mycena acicula (),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus elegans (Elegant Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata (Psilocybe Ovoid),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)
Xerula megalospora (),

Species list from May meeting on 05/15/2018

A number of edible mushrooms brought in at this months meeting including Morels, Chicken of the woods and Dryad’s saddle. We are also starting to see quite a few gilled mushrooms as the weather starts to warm up. Below are pictures from the cultivation event and slides by Rebecca Miller with instructions for the kits.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by club identifiers.

List of species found on the walk at May meeting:
Agaricus arvensis (Horse Mushroom),
Agrocybe molesta (Hard Agrocybe, cracked Agrocybe),
Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust),
Bolbitius titubans (Egg Yolk),
Coprinus lagopus (Wooly Stalked Coprinus),
Disciotis venosa (Veined Cup),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Lacrymaria velutina (Weeping widow),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Morchella americana (),
Morchella diminutiva (),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Pleurotus populinus (),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata (Psilocybe Ovoid),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)

Below are pictures from the cultivation event taken by Kristine Murawski and slides by Rebecca Miller with instructions for the kits.

Species list from Frick Park Earth Day April 21, 2018 on 04/21/2018

Species list entered by James Tunney.

List of species found on the walk at Frick Park Earth Day April 21, 2018:
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Mollisia cinerea (),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Spongipellis pachyodon (),
Steccherinum ochraceum (ochre spreading tooth),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Botryobasidium aureum (),

Comments:

Species list from Devil’s Hollow Allegheny Land Trust on 05/12/2018

Good turnout for today’s walk at Devil’s Hollow with Allegheny Land Trust. Species list entered by Fluff Berger.

List of species found on the walk at Devil’s Hollow Allegheny Land Trust:
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Fuligo septica (Scrambled-egg Slime; Dog Vomit Slime),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hypoxylon multiforme (),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Morchella punctipes (Half-free Morel)
Trichia sp.
Ganoderma sp. (white, finely cracked top with nearly microscopic white pores)
Trichaptum sp. (large (2-3 inch) old caps with fuzzy zones on top; typical trichaptum toothed underside without violet coloration)
A black crust on beech–looks Diatrype/Hypoxylon/Annulohypoxylon like, but with different perithecia–LaMonte suggested Rosellinia sp.

Photos by Fluf Berger and Rebekah Dunn

May-June 2018 newsletter

The May to June newsletter has been published electronically and sent out via post. This edition includes a Gary Lincoff obituary, book reviews and beginners corner along with information about upcoming events and more. You can access a pdf copy or look at the archives.

 

Species list from Post class walk in Salamander park on 04/14/2018

After the days mushroom education class many of the group joined the class teachers for a walk at Salamander park. The weather was warm and dry but fresh mushrooms were in short supply. We did find quite a few crusts, conks and parchments that are very hardy and overwinter. There were a couple of fresh specimens and we were lucky enough to find one of the most brightly colored spring mushrooms, Scarlet cup. There are two very similar species of Scarlet cup, Sarcoscypha austriaca and Sarcoscypha dudleyi. The only way to tell the difference between the two is by examining the spores under a microscope. Fortunately club Mycologist Garrett Taylor came equipped with a microscope and portable light source. A few minutes later he was viewing the spores and determined that we had found the Sarcoscypha austriaca species.

There were three other interesting finds, the polypore Daedaleopsis septentrionalis and an unknown crust mushroom that was growing over sticks and bark and actually gluing the substrate together, and a harry specimen growing on a stick. Daedaleopsis septentrionalis is related to Daedaleopsis confragosa, commonly known as the thin walled maze polypore. The pore shape is elongated in Daedaleopsis septentrionalis with very few cross walls and hence not so maze like. The pore surface will bruise pinkish-brown in fresh specimens of both species. Daedaleopsis septentrionalis only grows on Birch wood while Daedaleopsis confragosa grows on many hardwood species including Birch. The unknown crust mushroom is still unknown and there are a few pictures of it below. And the final specimen was a rather cool looking harry specimen growing on a stick. It is thought that it belongs to the genus Helmenthosporium although a full identification has not yet been made.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Fluff Berger, Richard Jacob, John Plischke III and Garrett Taylor.

List of species found on the walk at Salamander park:

Armillaria gallica (Honey Mushroom),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Kretzschmaria deusta (Carbon Cushion, Brittle Cinder),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus varius (),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Sarcoscypha austriaca (Scarlet cup),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Daedaleopsis septentrionalis ()

Comments:
Microscope used to ID Sarcoscypha austriaca from the spores.

Photos by Sarah Amelia, Cecily Franklin, Richard Jacob and Garrett Taylor.

Species list from Todd Nature Reserve on 03/24/2018

About 20 people attended an early spring mushroom walk at Todd Nature Reserve on Saturday, March 24th. While the temperatures were mild, a few inches of heavily compacted snow remained on several of the trails. Despite the semi-wintry conditions, several fungi species were still collected and identified. A few interesting discoveries collected by walk participant Vanessa included two Ascomycete fungi. One tiny Ascomycete fungi resembled an eyelash cup fungus, and its identity may be Scutellinia scutellata var. leucothecia. The other fungus may be a species of Tapesia, though microscopy will be necessary in order to determine the correct IDs.

Species list entered by Adam Haritan.  Species identified by John Plischke III, Judy Mackenroth, and Adam Haritan.

List of species found on the walk at Todd Nature Reserve:

Apiosporina morbosa (Black Knot of Cherry),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Hemitrichia serpula (),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hymenochaete tabacina (Northern Brown Crust),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Phlebia radiata (),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum abietinum (Conifer Polypore),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on club’s life list:
Peniophora cinerea