We are currently looking at revamping the clubs species list generator and exploring a few ideas. At the moment species lists are recorded and links to many but not all of the walks are made available on our website on the species lists page. These lists are somewhat hidden away in their current location so one thought was to publish them as a post so that they appear on the main page of the website. The idea is that interested members can then see what was found and if they do not recognize one of the entries can easily click on a link to see multiple example images of the species.
This list is our first attempt at the new format so please let us know what you think in the comments.
It was a gray and wet day with intermittent rain but that did not keep two boatloads, about 20 members from the WPMC or Allegheny Land Trust, from meeting in Vernoa on the Allegheny River bank for a trip to Sycamore Island. We found a variety of species but not as many as have been observed on walks in the Fall on the 14 acre island. The group explored the island walking on paths observing the different fungi, trees and plans present along with the remains of a pool installed by a long gone rowing club. The island hosts a unique floodplain hardwood forest and it was interesting to note the amount of Ganoderma lucidum growing as a saprotroph on some of the fallen trees rather than in the parasite form we normally observe. After a couple of hours we returned to the mainland and cataloged our finds.
Species list entered by La Monte H.P. Yarroll.
List of species found on the walk at Sycamore Island:
(w Auricularia auriculaood ear or jelly ear)
( Biscogniauxia atropunctata hypoxylon canker)
(tapioca slime mold) Brefeldia maxima
(yellow stagshorn) Calocera viscosa
(coral slime mold) Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa
(mossy maze polypore) Cerrena unicolor
(Mica cap) Coprinellus micaceus
(Carbon balls) Daldinia concentrica
() Fomitopsis spraguei
(lingzhi mushroom or reishi mushroom) Ganoderma lucidum
(stinking parasol) Lepiota cristata
(wolf’s milk slime mold) Lycogala epidendrum
() Marasmius opacus
(pinwheel Marasmius) Marasmius rotula
(the platterful mushroom) Megacollybia rodmani
(cracked-cap polypore mushroom) Phellinus rimosus
() Pluteus longistriatus
(the black foot polypore) Polyporus elegans
(dryad’s saddle) Polyporus squamosus
(common stump brittlestem) Psathyrella hydrophila
(black jelly oyster) Resupinatus applicatus
(Split gill) Schizophyllum commune
(crowded parchment) Stereum complicatum
(false turkey-tail) Stereum ostrea
() Trametes elegans
(Turkey Tail) Trametes versicolor
(dead man’s fingers) Xylaria polymorpha
I went on a scouting walk on the Thursday before and was worried because I did not find many chanterelles or indeed much of anything. However on the day of the walk, due to the increased number of eyes, we actually found quite a few species including some chanterelles that were hiding under the long grass in the sunny spots around oaks. We each found 1/2 a pound or so of smooth chanterelles so it was a successful walk!
Species list entered by Richard Jacob.
List of species found on the walk at Hartwood Acres:
( Boletus pulverulentusink stain bolete)
( Boletus subtomentosussuede bolete)
( Cantharellus lateritiussmooth chanterelle)
( Fomes fomentariusfalse tinder fungus)
(bolete mold) Hypomyces chrysospermus
(amanita mold) Hypomyces hyalinus
( Lactarius hygrophoroides hygro milky)
(chicken of the woods) Laetiporus sulphureus
( Phylloporus rhodoxanthusgilled bolete)
( Pleurotus ostreatusoyster mushroom)
(purple brittlegill) Russula krombholzii
(emetic russula) Russula silvicola
(split gill fungus) Schizophyllum commune
(eyelash cup) Scutellinia scutellata
( Stereum ostreaturkey-tail)
(o Strobilomyces floccopusld man of the woods)
( Volvariella speciosabig sheath mushroom or rose-gilled grisette)
Species not currently on clubs life list:
Russula redolens (Parsley scented russula)
Most pictures by Michael Yeh and a few by Richard Jacob
A presentation from John Stuart with contributions from the Western Pa Mushroom Club
Species list entered by Dick Dougall.
List of species found on the walk at Guyasuta:
(Yellow Patches) Amanita flavoconia
(Yellow Bolbitius) Bolbitius vitellinus
(Red-and-yellow Bolete) Boletus bicolor
(Common Chanterelle; Golden Chanterelle) Cantharellus cibarius
(Oak-loving Collybia) Collybia dryophila
(Parrot Mushroom) Hygrophorus psittacinus
(Bolete Mold) Hypomyces chrysospermus
(Multicolor Gill Polypore) Lenzites betulina
(Black-footed Marasmus) Marasmiellus nigripes
(Pinwheel Marasmius) Marasmius rotula
() Mycena inclinata
(Orange Mycena) Mycena leaiana
(Luminescent Panellus) Panellus stipticus
(Oyster Mushroom) Pleurotus ostreatus
(Fawn (Deer) Mushroom) Pluteus cervinus
(Pleated Pluteus) Pluteus longistriatus
(Pheasant Polypore) Polyporus squamosus
(Split Gill) Schizophyllum commune
(Pigskin Poison Puffball) Scleroderma citrinum
(Reddish Eyelash Cup) Scutellinia scutellata
(Chocolate Tube Slime) Stemonitis splendens
(Crowded Parchment) Stereum complicatum
(False Turkey-tail) Stereum ostrea
(Jellied False Coral) Tremellodendron pallidum
(White Cheese Polypore) Tyromyces chioneus
Mycena inclinata is a commonly found Mycena
Pictures by Peter Yeh
At the May monthly meeting mushroom kits were distributed to all the members. There were four spawn available for your culturing enjoyment:
- Pleurotus eryngii also known as king trumpet mushroom
- Pleurotus ostreatus the oyster mushroom
- Schizophyllum commune the split gill fungus
- Agrocybe arvalis
Before the meeting began you were given a plastic shopping bag containing cottonseed hulls After the presentations everyone received two ziplock bags. The small bag contained Pleurotus eryngii (king trumpet mushroom) spawn. The larger ziplock bag contained the oyster mushroom spawn. If you have not already started the kits place the bags of spawn in the fridge. There was also a little log with the Schizophyllum commune plugs in it and Agrocybe arvalis sclerotia left over from last year.
Oyster and king trumpet preparation
We recommend using the cotton seed hulls with the king trumpet spawn and use logs or straw as the substrate for the oyster mushroom spawn.
- Put hulls in a large pot (use 2 pots if necessary)
- Add water to cover hulls Bring to a rolling boil
- Drain water off hulls Replace hulls in pot and cool with cover on to room temperature
- Mix spawn & hulls thoroughly
- Put mix in plastic bag
- Incubate bag at room temp and low light for 14 days
- Watch mycelium grow from spawn over the hulls
- Look for white clumps Cut ½ inch holes in plastic over clumps for fruiting
- Mist the bag with water and incubate in a cool place
- Harvest mushrooms when edges are slightly curled or uncurled
Schizophyllum commune log
If you picked up a little log with the Schizophyllum commune plugs in it, you may not know what to do with it, it needs to be kept in a shady damp place. This will probably not take long to fruit, Jim Tunney put some of the grain that was on the dowels in with the sawdust from some of the drilled holes into a bag and it’s forming primordia on the sawdust already.
Agrocybe arvalis scleroti
If you picked up some of the Agrocybe arvalis sclerotia, keep it in a moist place. Last year Jim Tunney recommended fruiting it in a 12 ounce plastic cup with a few holes poked in the side for air and one on the bottom for drainage. At least three people fruited it this way. Dave Fischer suggested potting soil. Which sounded good to Jim, the sclerotia friut in the debris from chips that mycelium grew in which is very similar to potting soil.
Meeting presentation by Dick Dougall & Jim Wasik
At the recent Hartwood Acres walk I heard about an interesting website that I would like to pass on to club members, MorelHunters.com. As many of you are aware morels are fruiting a little later this year. From looking at maps at the Morel Hunters website the culprit seems to be soil temperature rather than precipitation. The Morel hunters website crowd sources sightings of morels plotting them onto a map in a similar fashion to bird sightings, and other harbingers of spring, as reported at the Journey North website. There is also a general and State message boards where Morel Hunters share pictures and tales of their finds.
Not sure how to find a morel? The Ohio Mushroom society has a nice article about Morels and how to find them. That’s recommended reading before going on the The Great Morel Quest with John Plischke III on May 10th.
There are a number of other websites that specialize in Morel information, Morels.com has soil temperature and precipitation maps as well as message boards but no sighting maps. Let us know if you have other favorite morel websites.
Interested in finding Morels? Don’t miss these walks: