Species list from Hartwood Acres on 08/26/2017

Species list entered by Dick Dougall. Species identified by Dick Dougall and Joyce Gross.

List of species found on the walk at Hartwood Acres:
Agaricus abruptibulbus ()
Amanita bisporigera (Destroying Angel)
Amanita daucipes ()
Amanita vaginata var. vaginata (Grisette)
Baorangia bicolor ()
Aureoboletus innixus ()
Boletus pallidus (Pallid Bolete)
Cantharellus cibarius (Common Chanterelle; Golden Chanterelle)
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle)
Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain)
Clitocybe gibba (Funnel Clitocybe)
Cortinarius iodes (Iodine Cort / Viscid Violet Cort)
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore)
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk)
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods / Sheep Head)
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia)
Hydnochaete olivaceus ()
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold)
Inocybe rimosa (Straw-colored Fiber-head)
Lactarius piperatus ()
Lactarius quietus ()
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf)
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore)
Macrolepiota procera ()
Lycoperdon perlatum ()
Morganella pyriformis ()
Mycena galericulata (Common Mycena; Rosy-gill Fairy-helmet)
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena)
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus bitter oyster)
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)
Neofavolus alveolaris ()
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula)
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball)
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment)
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail)
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore)
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia)
Xylaria longipes ()
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species list from Pleasant Valley Park on 09/02/2017

A good sized crowd of club members and non members met on at the Pleasant Valley Park parking lot. After a short question and answer session concerning seasonable mushrooms, common mushroom edibility fallacies like cooking mushrooms with a penny we moved into the forest with our guide Pia van de Venne  of Friends of Murryisville Parks and followed Hank’s trial. Undergrowth was fairly high preventing much mushroom hunting until we came upon areas of Oak where we stated to find lots of different species. We found quite a few Amanita citrina var citrina and Laccaria ochropurpurea (Purple-gilled Laccaria) along with a number of boletes and smaller things. One interesting find was the Blue-green stain  Chlorociboria sp. We normally find the just the stained wood but this day we were lucky and found the fruiting bodies too. There are two near identical Chlorociboria sp. Chlorociboria aeruginascens and Chlorociboria aeruginosa and the only way to quickly confirm the species is by looking at the spores. The spores of C. aeruginosa are reported to be longer, minimum length of 10μm, than those of C. aeruginascens, 6 to 8μm. I took the specimen home and examined the spores and can confirm the dimensions as around 6 x 1.5μm and confirm the identification of C. aeruginascens.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Blaine Sanner and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Pleasant Valley Park:
Amanita abrupta (),
Amanita citrina var citrina (),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain),
Clavulina cristata (Crested Coral Fungus),
Clavulinopsis aurantiocinnabarina (Spindle Shaped Orange Coral),
Cortinarius iodes (Iodine Cort / Viscid Violet Cort),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Exsudoporus frostii (Frost’s Bolete; Candy Apple Bolete),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Laccaria amethystina (Amethyst Tallow-gill or Amethyst Deceiver),
Laccaria ochropurpurea (Purple-gilled Laccaria),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Marasmius capillaris (),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena luteopallens (Walnut Mycena),
Naematoloma fasciculare (Sulfur Tuft),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phylloporus rhodoxanthus (Gilled Bolete),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Polyporus varius (),
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xerocomellus chrysenteron (Red-Cracked Bolete),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Various red capped Russula sp.
Honey mushroom rhizomorphs
Leccinum sp,

Species list from August 2017 Monthly Meeting on 08/15/2017

Guest speaker was Judy Mackenroth who gave an introduction to dying with mushrooms.
The highlight for me was the extraordinary Xylaria collected by Cecily Franklin that looks like a Dr. Suess bush. It has long, branching, sterile stems with bulbous fruits on the end. I still have no name for this oddity.
Several of the new names in our list are due to Garrett Taylor.

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

List of species found on the walk at August 2017 Monthly Meeting:
Amanita bisporigera (Destroying Angel),
Amanita brunnescens (Cream Colored Cleft-foot Amanita),
Amanita cokeri (Coker’s Amanita),
Amanita vaginata var. vaginata (Grisette),
Armillaria ostoyae (),
Aureoboletus innixus (Clustered Brown Bolete),
Boletus parasiticus (AKA Pseudoboletus parasiticus),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Camarops petersii (Dog Nose fungus),
Gloeophyllum sepiarium (Yellow-red Gill Polypore),
Gyroporus castaneus (Chestnut Bolete),
Hymenopellis furfuracea (),
Hymenopellis incognita (),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Lactarius deceptivus (),
Lactarius peckii (),
Lactarius piperatus var. glaucescens (),
Leccinum longicurvipes (),
Lentinellus ursinus (),
Lycoperdon pyriforme (AKA Morganella pyriformis),
Marasmius nigrodiscus (),
Marasmius siccus (),
Omphalotus illudens (Jack-o’-lantern),
Parasola plicatilis (Japanese Umbrella Inky),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Russula compacta (Firm Russula),
Russula modesta (),
Tricholomopsis decora (Decorated Mop)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Amanita rhacopus (),
Hydropus fuliginarius (),
Leccinum rubropunctatus (),
Leccinum sp.
Psathyrella sp.
Russula densifolia (),
Xylaria “Dr. Suess”

Species list from Presque Isle State Park on 08/26/2017

We had 22 people show up for this distant walk. We only hunted for an hour but found remarkable diversity for the conditions. Six of our collections were of sufficient quality to make good herbarium specimens for a new fungal herbarium at the Natural History Museum at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Our host, Mark Lethaby, directed us to a mature forest habitat near the marina. A couple of edibles were found, a nice fresh fruiting of Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf) and some Fistulina hepatica (Beefsteak Polypore). Fistulina hepatica is one of the few wild mushroom species that you can eat raw. The taste is a mixture of lemon and mushroom flavors and very pleasant.

Species list entered by La Monte H.P. Yarroll. Species identified by La Monte Yarroll, Garrett Taylor, John Stuart and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Presque Isle State Park:
Apiosporina morbosa (Black Knot of Cherry),
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain),
Coprinus atramentarius (Alcohol inky),
Crepidotus applanatus (),
Dacrymyces chrysospermus (Orange Jelly; Witches’ Butter),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Diatrype stigma (),
Fistulina hepatica (Beefsteak Polypore),
Fomitopsis spraguei (Green Cheese Polypore),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gliophorus psittacinus (Parrot Mushroom),
Gyroporus castaneus (Chestnut Bolete),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hygrophorus miniatus (Fading Scarlet Waxy-cap),
Inocybe fastigiata (AKA Inocybe rimosa),
Kretzschmaria deusta (Carbon Cushion, Brittle Cinder),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lepiota cristata (Malodorous Lepiota),
Marasmius oreades (Fairy Ring Mushroom),
Melanoleuca alboflavida (),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus elegans (Elegant Polypore),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xerula megalospora (),
Xylaria longipes (),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Russula sp. (small red Russula)
Hypocrea sp. (fuzzy brown Hypocrea)
Entoloma strictius var isabellina (),
Xylobolus subpileatus (),

September-October newsletter is out.

The September to October bimonthly newsletter has just been sent out electronically and by post to all our members. Dick Dougall has a some useful tips for beginners “Is Identifying Mushrooms Easy or Hard?”. There is also a NEMF write up and a couple of book reviews. If you have something to contribute please contact Cecily Franklin. You can also download the newsletter directly.

Species list from Forbes State Forest on 08/20/2017

A mixture of first time mushroom hunters and club members attended this joint program with walk leaders Rachael Mahony from the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry and Richard Jacob from WPMC. Before the walk we talked about different ways to classify mushroom species, one of which was their food sources. We were fortunate to find example species from all three food sources: Mycorrhizal (On the ground associated with tree roots); Saprophytic (Litter and Wood Decay, On wood or On the ground); and Pathogenic/Parasitic. The range of parasitic species was particularly impressive. We found less Mycorrhizal species that we would normally expect in part because we did not walk along the road side where we have found many Amanitas and Boletes in the past. Of the parasitic species that we found Akanthomyces aculeatus, a moth fungus, was of particular note. We have only found it once or twice in our area in the history of the club but we found three infected moths during the walk, one of which was stuck to a picnic table top that we later used as an identification table. The other big find of the day was multiple fruiting’s of Chicken of the woods. Even better it was in perfect condition for eating. Blaine Sanner spotted some of downed trees up the slope above the trail we were following. We then spotted some more a bit further down the trail. Everyone who wanted to try some took a few pieces home. I made Buffalo Chicken of the woods with my share. We also found a number of species new to the club, or at least not previously recorded. We had a great afternoon and thank Rachael Mahony and PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry for organizing the walk.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Richard Jacob, John Plischke III and Blaine Sanner.

List of species found on the walk at Forbes State Forest:
Akanthomyces aculeatus (),
Amanita vaginata var. vaginata (Grisette),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Cantharellus minor (Small Chanterelle),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Clavaria vermicularis (White Worm Coral Fungus),
Clavulinopsis aurantiocinnabarina (Spindle Shaped Orange Coral),
Climacodon septentrionale (Northern Tooth Fungus),
Coprinus atramentarius (Alcohol inky),
Cordyceps militaris (Trooping Cordyceps),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gliophorus psittacinus (Parrot Mushroom),
Hericium erinaceus (Bearded Tooth),
Hypocrea americana (),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Hypoxylon fragiforme (Red Cushion Fungi),
Inocybe rimosa (Straw-colored Fiber-head),
Laccaria laccata (Common Laccaria; Deceiver Laccaria),
Lacrymaria velutina (Weeping widow),
Lactarius mucidus (),
Leotia lubrica (Yellow Jelly Babies),
Laetiporus sulphureus (),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Marasmius strictipes (Orange-yellow Marasmius),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Morganella pyriformis (Pear-shaped Puffball),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Naematoloma fasciculare (Sulfur Tuft),
Orbilia delicatula (),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Polyporus varius (),
Pseudoboletus parasiticus (Parasitic Bolete),
Ramaria stricta (),
Russula earlei (),
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Trametes elegans (),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xeromphalina campanella (Fuzzy-foot),
Xeromphalina kauffmanii (),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Collybia familia (),
Hemistropharia albocrenulata (),
Hygrocybe cantharellus (),
Stereum lobatum (),
Lepiota sp.
Clitocybe sp.
Inocybe sp.
Psathyrella sp.

Species list from Braddock Trail on 08/13/2017

Species list entered by Blaine Sanner.

List of species found on the walk at Braddock Trail:
Amanita rubescens (Blusher),
Baorangia bicolorr (),
Cantharellus cibarius (Common Chanterelle; Golden Chanterelle),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Cantharellus minor (Small Chanterelle),
Clavaria vermicularis (White Worm Coral Fungus),
Artomyces pyxidatus (),
Gymnopus dryophilus (),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Exsudoporus frostii (Frost’s Bolete; Candy Apple Bolete),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Geastrum triplex (Collared Earthstar),
Gyroporus castaneus (Chestnut Bolete),
Lactarius hygrophoroides (Hygrophorus Milky),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Trametes elegans (),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Polyporus varius (),
Russula virescens (Green Russula),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Syzygospora mycetophila (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremellodendron schweinitzii (),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia),
Xylaria hypoxylon (Carbon Antlers),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species list from Fornoff Foray, Deer Lakes Park on 07/29/2017

10 Hardy mushroomers hunted Deer Lakes Park in this year’s Fornof Foray. A wide variety of mushrooms were found. Although chanterelles were found, they were generally old and beyond their prime. Some of the more interesting species were Cortinarius iodes with it stunning purple color, many Hydnellum concresens (now know as Hydnellum zonatum), and two species of Leotia, i.e. the Green-headed Jelly Club and Yellow Jelly Babies.

Species list entered by Dick Dougall.

List of species found on the walk at Fornoff Foray, Deer Lakes Park:
Amanita bisporigera (Destroying Angel),
Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
Amanita muscaria var. muscaria (), (Red Fly Agaric)
Amanita rubescens (Blusher),
Amanita vaginata var. vaginata (Grisette),
Aureoboletus innixus (Clustered Brown Bolete),
Baorangia bicolor (Red-and-yellow Bolete; Bicolor Bolete),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Cantharellus cibarius (Common Chanterelle; Golden Chanterelle),
Cantharellus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar-red Chanterelle),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Cantharellus minor (Small Chanterelle),
Cortinarius iodes (Iodine Cort / Viscid Violet Cort),
Galiella rufa (Hairy Rubber Cup),
Hydnellum zonatum (),
Lactarius chrysorheus (),
Lactarius hygrophoroides (Hygrophorus Milky),
Lactarius piperatus (),
Lactarius quietus (),
Lactarius volemus (Voluminous-latex Milky),
Leotia atrovirens (), (Green-headed Jelly Club)
Leotia lubrica (Yellow Jelly Babies),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Megacollybia rodmani (),
Morganella pyriformis (),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Pseudoboletus parasiticus (),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Strobilomyces strobilaceus (Old Man-of-the-woods),
Tapinella atrotomentosa (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Various Bolete Species
Various Russula Species

Species list from Hike Ryerson Station with Andy Lariviere on 08/05/2017

Ranger Andy Lariviere led us on a gentle climb up the hills of Ryerson Station. The weather was wonderful for a walk in the woods.

About a dozen people joined us for the Southern walk, mostly folks who were relatively new to mushrooming. We were thrilled with an extensive fruiting of chanterelles–everybody got as much as they wanted to collect. Andy decided that he likes the flavor of Lactarius piperatus and will be drying his collection and powdering it as a spice.

The White Jelly Roll we found was unusual in that all collections had inclusions of plant stems. My identification may be wrong.

This was the first time I’ve been able to apply my new knowledge from NEMF 2017. I was able to identify our Artist’s Conk as G. lobatum, the softer Artist’s Conk. If you can easily dent the cap with your fingernail, you have G. lobatum and not G. applanatum. I think there’s also a difference in appearance, but I’ll have to find a lot more of them before I’m confident to describe the visual difference.

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Hike Ryerson Station with Andy Lariviere:

Amanita fulva (AKA Amanita amerifulva),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Gyroporus castaneus (Chestnut Bolete),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Laccaria laccata (Common Laccaria; Deceiver Laccaria),
Lacrymaria velutina (Weeping widow),
Lactarius piperatus (),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Marasmius pyrrhocephalus (),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phellinus rimosus (),
Ramaria stricta (),
Russula laurocerasi (Almond Scented Russula),
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
Russula silvicola (Dry Woods Russula),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Strobilomyces strobilaceus (),
Thelephora terrestris (),
Tremellodendron schweinitzii (),
Tylopilus felleus (Bitter Bolete),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Ganoderma lobatum (Soft Artist’s Conk)
Stereum subtomentosum (Yellow-staining Stereum)
Ductifera pululahuana (White Jelly Roll = Exidia alba)

 

DNA Barcoding workshop presented at NEMF 2017

A presentation from Richard Jacob

There were quite a few talks and workshops at this years NEMF meeting at Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton Vermont with two or even three scheduled at the same time. At the workshop there was a request to make the slides available to the attendees which we are now doing. This workshop covered more of the nuts and bolts of actually collecting a sample and annotating it along with managing a project. It also introduced the NAMA Mycofloral 2.0 protocol for collecting and vouching specimens. For those that need an introduction to DNA barcoding and the theory behind the technology please check out some of these online resources:

Here’s the talk: