2017 WPMC Photo Contest Results

WPMC Photography Chair Rebecca Miller has once again judged our annual Photo Contest and selected the following winners in four categories.  Here they are, in the order they were announced:

Pictorial

  • First Place: Sarah Banach, Pholiota
  • Second Place: Jennifer Bechak, Chicken of the woods
  • Third Place: Kris Murawski, Amanita

Documentary

  • First Place: Richard Jacob, Xeromphalina campanella
  • Second Place: Cecily Franklin, Lycoperdon perlatum with cone
  • Third Place: Dick Dougall, Amanita banningana

Judge’s Option

  • First Place:  Patty Houck, Calostoma cinnabarinum
  • Second Place: Lynn Gill, Pholiotas (2 photos)
  • Third Place: Beth Dinger, Brown mushroom at Preston Park
  • Fourth Place: Ron Hilton, Red eft on Megacollybia rodmani

The Fun in Fungi

  • First Place: Gordon Bailey & Justyna Ausareny, Mushroom Mania
  • Second Place: David Zehner, Big Morel
  • Third Place: John Stuart, Psychedelic mushrooms in Chihuly glass

 

Our thanks to everyone who entered, and to Rebecca for serving as Judge.  Other photo entries will be featured in future newsletters. The winners are here and we will add the other entries at a later date.

Election results 2017

At the October 17 monthly meeting of the WPMC, the following Officers were elected for next year:

President – Cecily Franklin
Vice President – Adam Haritan
Secretary – Ann ‘Fluff’ Berger
North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Trustee La Monte Yarroll
Treasurer – Barbara DeRiso

The NAMA Trustee position is a two year position and La Monte Yarroll enters into his second year of the position.

We would like to thank Richard Jacob the retiring President for serving the maximum term of three years as President and as a board member for five years for his work towards the club.

Species list from Fern Hollow Nature Center on 10/14/2017

Here is a list of species found after the mushroom lecture at Fern Hollow Nature Center.

Species list entered by Fluff Berger.

List of species found on the walk at Fern Hollow Nature Center:
Akanthomyces aculeatus (),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Crepidotus mollis (Jelly Crep/Soft Stumpfoot),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Marasmiellus candidus (),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phlebia tremellosa (),
Phyllotopsis nidulans (Mock Oyster),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Coprinoid sp.
Geoglossum sp.

Species list from Camp Guyasuta on 10/14/2017

Great weather for this walk up the Camp Guysuta valley. The Halloween decorations were just starting to appear – ready for the Haunted Trail. Mushrooms are now starting to fruit again after the recent rains broke the dry spell. We found a number of gilled species not just polypores and ascomycetes.

Species list entered by Barbara DeRiso. Species identified by Barbara DeRiso, La Monte Yarroll, Richard Jacob and John Plischke III.

List of species found on the walk at Camp Guyasuta:
Agaricus placomyces (Eastern Flat Topped Agaricus),
Armillaria gallica (Honey Mushroom),
Ascocoryne sarcoides (),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma lobatum (Soft Artist’s Conk),
Hemitrichia abietina (),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Lentinus ursinus (),
Lenzites betulina (),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Lycoperdon pyriforme (),
Pachyella clypeata (),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Peziza vesiculosa (),
Phlebia incarnata (),
Phyllotopsis nidulans (Mock Oyster),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Pluteus longistriatus (Pleated Pluteus),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagon-pored polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Psathyrella candolleana (),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scutellinia scutellata (Eyelash Cup),
Simocybe centunculus (Dingy Twiglet),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella foliacea (Jelly Leaf),
Trichia favoginea (),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Kretzschmaria deusta (),
Xylaria longipes ()

Pictures by Cecily Franklin and Richard Jacob

Species list from Lincoff foray on 09/16/2017

It was a beautiful sunny day in North Park where we held the 2017 Lincoff foray. This years foray was the biggest foray that we have held. Conditions were fairly dry and warm in the run up to the foray and we only collected species in and around North Park. This led to less total species than the last few years but no where near the least collected. Part of the reason is that fir the last couple of years we have also collected in Cook Forest on the Friday prior to the foray which has some different environments and hence different species to those found locally. Despite the weather and the restricted location there were still 119 species identified and reported on this list along with a number of unidentified species. Of the species listed here we managed to sample 115 species for their DNA.

As always we would like to thank the organizers, guest speakers, walk leaders, mycologists and identifiers, cooks and all the volunteers that made the event happen.

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll. Species were identified by Garry Lincoff, club mycologists and identifiers.

List of species found on the walk at Lincoff foray:
Abortiporus biennis (),
Agaricus arvensis (Horse Mushroom),
Agaricus placomyces (Eastern Flat Topped Agaricus),
Agaricus pocillator (),
Agaricus silvaticus (Wood Agaricus),
Amanita amerifulva (American Orange-Brown Ringless Amanita),
Amanita brunnescens (Cream Colored Cleft-foot Amanita)
Amanita citrina f. lavendula (),
Amanita citrina var citrina (),
Amanita gemmata (),
Amanita muscaria var. guessowii (Fly Agaric),
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom),
Armillaria tabescens (Ringless Honey Mushroom),
Ascocoryne sarcoides (Purple Jelly Drops),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Boletus chippewaensis (),
Boletus subcaerulescens (),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Calocera cornea (),
Camarops petersii (Dog Nose fungus),
Cantharellus ignicolor (Flame-colored Chanterelle),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Chalciporus piperatus (peppery bolete),
Chlorophyllum rhacodes (Shaggy Parasol),
Ciboria peckiana (Common Wood Ciboria),
Clavariadelphus truncatus (Flat Topped Coral),
Climacodon septentrionale (Northern Tooth Fungus),
Clitocybe gibba (Funnel Clitocybe),
Clitocybe nuda (Blewit),
Cortinarius alboviolaceus (),
Craterellus ignicolor (),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Daedalea quercina (Thick-maze Oak Polypore),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Fistulina hepatica (Beefsteak Polypore),
Fuligo septica (Scrambled-egg Slime; Dog Vomit Slime),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma curtisii (),
Ganoderma lobatum (),
Ganoderma sessile (),
Ganoderma tsugae (Hemlock Varnish-shelf),
Globifomes graveolens (Sweet knot),
Gloeophyllum sepiarium (Yellow-red Gill Polypore),
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods / Sheep Head),
Gymnopilus penetrans (Little Gym),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Helvella cupuliformis (),
Helvella lacunosa (),
Hemitrichia clavata (),
Hericium coralloides (Bear’s Head Tooth),
Hericium erinaceus (Bearded Tooth),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hymenopellis furfuracea (),
Hypholoma capnoides (),
Hypholoma fasciculare (),
Hypocrea gelatinosa (),
Hypoxylon fragiforme (Red Cushion Fungi),
Hypsizygus tessulatus (),
Hypsizygus ulmarius (Elm Oyster),
Inonotus dryadeus (Oak Bracket),
Inonotus obliquus (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Isaria farinosa (),
Laccaria ochropurpurea (Purple-gilled Laccaria),
Lactarius quietus (),
Lactarius semisanguifluus (),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lentinellus ursinus (),
Lentinellus ursinus (),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Lepista nuda (NKA Clitocybe nuda),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Lycogala terrestre (),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Marasmius siccus (),
Metatrichia vesparium (),
Morganella pyriformis (Pear-shaped Puffball),
Multiclavula mucida (),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena inclinata (Clustered bonnet / oak-stump bonnet cap),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Mycena luteopallens (Walnut Mycena),
Omphalotus illudens (Jack-o’-lantern),
Otidea leporina (),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phaeoclavulina myceliosa (),
Phellinus fragrans (),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Phlebia coccineofulva (),
Phlebia radiata (),
Pholiota alnicola (),
Pholiota limonella (),
Pholiota squarrosa (Scaly Pholiota),
Pholiota squarrosoides (),
Phyllotopsis nidulans (Mock Oyster),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Psathyrella delineata (Wrinkled-cap Psathyrella),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Stereum hirsutum (Hairy Parchment),
Stereum lobatum (),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes elegans (),
Tremellodendron schweinitzii (),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xylaria longipes ()

Species not on the current list
Pholiota ignicola – unknown name
Geastrum sp.
Mycena sp. (with black-staining cap)

Thee were a number of species that had not been recorded by the club before. They have since been added to the clubs current life list:
Boletus subcaerulescens
Calocera cornea
Ganoderma curtisii
Ganoderma lobatum
Ganoderma sessile
Helvella cupuliformis
Helvella lacunosa
Lactarius semisanguifluus
Lycogala terrestre
Phaeoclavulina myceliosa
Phellinus fragrans

Pictures by Elizabeth Dinger and Richard Jacob.

Species list from South Park with The Naturalist on 10/07/2017

A group of 15 people joined replacement walk leader Richard Jacob on a walk following the white blaze red dot trail in south park. We had rain a couple of days ago but not enough to make a significant difference to the very dry conditions we have been experiencing. We found a good mixture of species but almost nothing growing directly on the soil. The first find was the biggest, a large Berkeleys Polypore specimen. We found a number of edibles but all were past there prime or in low abundance.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at South Park with The Naturalist:
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Bondarzewia berkeleyi (Berkeley’s Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods / Sheep Head),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Mycena inclinata (Clustered bonnet / oak-stump bonnet cap),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Perenniporia robiniophila (Locust polypore),
Phlebia tremellosa (),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment

Species not on list:
Small white cup mushroom
Small hard capped gilled species

There are a number of species on our lists that really need new names as we now know that they don’t grow in North America. For some species there are some suggested names and for others we do not currently have a name for the species that we find here.

Trametes elegans is an example of a species that is not found here but is one of two other species: Trametes aesculi or Trametes gibbosa. Trametes gibbosa often has some green coloration on the cap, but can be distinguished from another polypore that has green coloration on the cap, Cerrena unicolor the Mossy Maze polypore, by its size and pore shapes. While Trametes aesculi normally has an off white cap and brown coloration if any. Spore sizes may differ too but I don’t have recent write up of Trametes aesculi to check.

On the other hand we have we have the more problematic species Daldinia concentrica that has also been reported to not be found in the US. In this case we don’t have a replacement name for the species or rather we have lots of replacement names but we don’t know which one to use. One identifier for Daldinia species is color reaction to Potassium Hydroxide (KOH). By taking a slice of the fruiting body, or cushion-shaped mass of tissue called the stromata, and placing a drop of 10% KOH on it we can see a color reaction. The color reaction is between the KOH and polyketides, complex aromatic structures made of rings of carbon, that the Daldinia sp. contain. I can now say that for today’s specimen the color of stromatal pigments in 10% KOH produces a brown to orange reaction where true Daldinia concentrica would be a purple color! This reduces the number of species to 4 or 5 different ones if we include location as an identifier. I will look at at the spores to see if that helps narrow it down. We also have a specimen selected for DNA analysis which will hopefully help us determine the correct name of the species some time in the future.

 

Species list from Classes and Walk at Harrison Hills on 09/23/2017

After the mushroom course in the morning attendees took a walk in the woods to see what they could find. It had been very dry in the run up to the class and hot and dry on the day so there was not a huge amount of variety. Despite the dry weather we did find quite a lot of honey mushroom and aborted entoloma’s. I have chosen Armillaria gallica, to represent the honey mushroom species because the two Armillaria species we have analysed were both found to be Armillaria gallica by DNA sequencing. Also the specimens we found had a bulbous base which is consistent with Armillaria gallica.

We saw a couple of other visitors to the park find some hen of the woods mushrooms but no one on our walk found any.

Species list entered by Fluff Berger.

List of species found on the walk at Classes and Walk at Harrison Hills:
 Armillaria gallica (Honey Mushroom),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Fomes fomentarius (Tinder Polypore),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods / Sheep Head),
Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Leucopholiota decorosa (),
Mycena inclinata (Clustered bonnet / oak-stump bonnet cap),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xylaria longipes ()

Species not fully identified:
Russula sp.
Clitocybe sp.
Entoloma sp.

Species list from Wingfield Pines BioBlitz4 on 09/30/2017

The morning started cool for this final BioBlitz of the year, but the day developed into comfortable walking weather. 7 walkers spent about an hour and a half scouring the Southern path along the river. Conditions were fairly dry, but we found plenty of Marasmius felix, the Sycamore-leaf Marasmius that has become the signature species of this park. It was nice to visit with the other taxa experts we’ve come to know from previous BioBlitzes. The food was plentiful, including lots of fruit and burritos from Chipotle.

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

List of species found on the walk at Wingfield Pines BioBlitz4:
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Daedalea quercina (Thick-maze Oak Polypore),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Chi),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Hypoxylon fragiforme (Red Cushion Fungi),
Marasmius felix (),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Fuligo candida (),
Osteina obducta (Bone Polypore)

Species list from Sycamore Island Fall Survey on 09/23/2017

We had 25 people come out to enjoy the stunning weather. It was a delightful day to be on the island. We had a few experienced hunters but most folks were new to the hobby. We had 4 boat trips each direction to get everyone on and off the island.

The highlight for the day was the vast quantities of honeys, including one species that seemed to prefer soil! We have several species that are new to the island, and even a couple that may be new to the club.

Species list entered by La Monte H.P. Yarroll.
List of species found on the walk at Sycamore Island Fall Survey:
Arcyria cinerea (White Carnival Candy Slime),
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Calocera viscosa (Yellow Tuning Fork),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy mane),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Ductifera pululahuana (),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods / Sheep Head),
Hapalopilus nidulans (Tender Nesting Polypore),
Hypoxylon multiforme (),
Lentinellus ursinus (),
Morganella pyriformis (),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena inclinata (Clustered bonnet / oak-stump bonnet cap),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Hypholoma sublateritium (),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Phlebia incarnata (),
Phlebia tremellosa (),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Pseudocolus fusiformis (Stinky Squid)
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scleroderma areolatum (),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes pubescens (),
Oligoporus caesius (NKA ),
Tyromyces fragilis ()

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Osteina obducta (Bone Polypore)
Lycogala terrestre (),
Hypocrea sp. (not H. gelatinosum)
Armillaria sp.
Unknown silver puffball

Species list from September 19 2017 Club Meeting on 09/19/2017

WPMC Scholarship recipient Dacia Neely gave a short presentation of her findings on White Nose Syndrome in Pennsylvania and European bats. Dacia is an Environmental Studies student at California University of Pennsylvania. Club member and professional mycologist Mark Spear gave a longer presentation on “Capturing wild mushroom cultures”.

Species list entered by Jack Baker.

List of species found on the walk at September 19 2017 Club Meeting:
Abortiporus biennis (),
Amanita ceciliae (Strangulated Amanita),
Amanita citrina var citrina (),
Amanita muscaria var. guessowii (),
Amanita pantherina var. velatipes (),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Boletus edulis (King Bolete; Porcini; Cepe; Steinpilz),
Clitocybe dealbata (),
Clitocybe subconnexa (),
Clitopilus prunulus (Sweetbread Mushroom),
Parasola plicatilis (),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gymnopilus luteus (),
Laccaria ochropurpurea (Purple-gilled Laccaria),
Clitocybe nuda (),
Lyophyllum decastes (Fried Chicken Mushroom),
Naematoloma fasciculare (Sulfur Tuft),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phyllotopsis nidulans (Mock Oyster),
Pleurocybella porrigens (Angel-wing Mushroom),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Suillus americanus (American Slippery Jack; Chicken Fat Suillus),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
 Armillaria solidipes (),
 Clitocybe phyllophyila (),
 Xylaria vasconica  (), – Note that Xylaria vasconica was reported in a paper “Three new Xylaria species from Southwestern Europe.” Mycological Progress. 10(1):33-52 and has also been observed in Eastern US although I can not find any formal sightings.