Species list from Sycamore Island on 07/19/2014

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.

Walk report

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:

Auricularia auricula (wood ear or jelly ear)
 Biscogniauxia atropunctata (hypoxylon canker)
Brefeldia maxima (tapioca slime mold)
Calocera viscosa (yellow stagshorn)
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (coral slime mold)
Cerrena unicolor (mossy maze polypore)
 Coprinellus micaceus (Mica cap)
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon balls)
Fomitopsis spraguei ()
Ganoderma lucidum (lingzhi mushroom or reishi mushroom)
Lepiota cristata (stinking parasol)
Lycogala epidendrum (wolf’s milk slime mold)
Marasmius opacus ()
Marasmius rotula (pinwheel Marasmius)
 Megacollybia rodmani (the platterful mushroom)
Phellinus rimosus (cracked-cap polypore mushroom)
Pluteus longistriatus ()
Polyporus elegans (the black foot polypore)
Polyporus squamosus (dryad’s saddle)
Psathyrella hydrophila (common stump brittlestem)
Resupinatus applicatus (black jelly oyster)
Schizophyllum commune (Split gill)
Stereum complicatum (crowded parchment)
Stereum ostrea (false turkey-tail)
Trametes elegans ()
Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail)
Xylaria polymorpha (dead man’s fingers)

Species list from Hartwood Acres on 07/12/2014

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 pulverulentus (ink stain bolete)
Boletus subtomentosus (suede bolete)
Cantharellus lateritius (smooth chanterelle)
Fomes fomentarius (false tinder fungus)
Hypomyces chrysospermus (bolete mold)
Hypomyces hyalinus (amanita mold)
Lactarius hygrophoroides ( hygro milky)
Laetiporus sulphureus (chicken of the woods)
Phylloporus rhodoxanthus (gilled bolete)
Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushroom)
Russula krombholzii (purple brittlegill)
Russula silvicola (emetic russula)
Schizophyllum commune (split gill fungus)
Scutellinia scutellata (eyelash cup)
Stereum ostrea (turkey-tail)
Strobilomyces floccopus (old man of the woods)
Volvariella speciosa (big 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

July-August 2014 newsletter published

The bimonthly newsletter has just gone out and should be in your inbox by now or your postbox in a few days time. Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius) and Black Trumpets (Craterellus cornucopioides) are beginning to show in Western Pennsylvania.

You can see the first page here.

Craterellus cornucopioides and Boletus variipes

Black trumpets and boletes

Mushroom Identification to Genus

A presentation from John Stuart with contributions from the Western Pa Mushroom Club

Species list from Guyasuta on 06/28/2014

Species list entered by Dick Dougall.

List of species found on the walk at Guyasuta:

Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches)
Bolbitius vitellinus (Yellow Bolbitius)
Boletus bicolor (Red-and-yellow Bolete)
Cantharellus cibarius (Common Chanterelle; Golden Chanterelle)
Collybia dryophila (Oak-loving Collybia)
Hygrophorus psittacinus (Parrot Mushroom)
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold)
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore)
Marasmiellus nigripes (Black-footed Marasmus)
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius)
Mycena inclinata ()
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena)
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus)
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)
Pluteus cervinus (Fawn (Deer) Mushroom)
Pluteus longistriatus (Pleated Pluteus)
Polyporus squamosus (Pheasant Polypore)
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill)
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball)
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup)
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime)
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment)
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail)
Tremellodendron pallidum (Jellied False Coral)
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore)



Mycena inclinata is a commonly found Mycena

Pictures by Peter Yeh

Oyster and Split gill Mushroom kits

At the May monthly meeting mushroom kits were distributed to all the members. There were four spawn available for your culturing enjoyment:

  1. Pleurotus eryngii also known as king trumpet mushroom
  2. Pleurotus ostreatus the oyster mushroom
  3. Schizophyllum commune the split gill fungus
  4. 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.

Prepare hulls

  • 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

Spawn growth

  • 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.



Morel Madness presentation from May 4, 2014

Meeting presentation by Dick Dougall & Jim Wasik

May-June 2014 newsletter published

The bimonthly newsletter has just gone out and should be in your inbox by now or your postbox in a few days time. It includes a Morel madness walk report, recipes, mushroom mug shots and more. You can see the first page here,

Morel websites

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.

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