Species list from April Monthly Meeting

These were the species on the display table at the April meeting. There were a couple of nice Gyromitra sp. that we had not seen before.

Species entered by Adam Haritan

Bovista plumbea (),
Diatrype virescens (),
Disciotis venosa (Veined Cup),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gyromitra brunnea (),
Gyromitra caroliniana (),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polyporeLocust polypore),
Pleurotus dryinus (),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Stropharia rugosoannulata (Wine Cap Stropharia),
Trametes elegans (),

Other species:
Ganoderma lobatum (collected in NY and brought to the meeting),
Trametes suaveolens (collected in NY and brought to the meeting),
Agrocybe sp.,

Species list from Hunt the woods with Britt Bunyard at Bushy Run Battlefield on 04/19/2017

On this mid-week special about 10 club members joined Britt Bunyard for a walk around Bushy Run Battlefield. There were crusts and remains from last year along with a handful of fresh specimens. Morels were found but only a few per a person. Still too early (or too late).

Species list entered by Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Hunt the woods with Britt Bunyard at Bushy Run Battlefield:
Agaricus campestris (Meadow Mushroom / Field Mushroom),
Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Diatrype stigma (),
Entoloma vernum (Spring Entoloma),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Flammulina velutipes (Velvet foot; Enokitake),
Galerina marginata (),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Hymenochaete tabacina (Northern Brown Crust),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Kretzschmaria deusta (Carbon Cushion, Brittle Cinder),
Morchella esculenta (Yellow Morel),
Morchella punctipes (Half-free Morel),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pholiota spumosa (),
Polyporus arcularius (Spring Polypore),
Polyporus brumalis (Winter Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Puccinia mariae-wilsoniae (Spring Beauty Rust),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail),
Trichaptum abietinum (Conifer Polypore),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)

Species list from Settlers Cabin starting at the Tomahawk parking lot on 04/15/2017

There was a good turnout for the walk, and few people found some morels even though it was dry.
Species list entered by Jim Tunney.

List of species found on the walk at Settlers Cabin starting at the Tomahawk parking lot:
Bovista pila (Tumbling Puffball),
Calvatia craniformis (Skull Shaped Puffball),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Cryptoporus volvatus (Veiled Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Flammulina velutipes (Velvet foot; Enokitake),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Morchella esculenta (Yellow Morel),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus arcularius (Spring Polypore),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Urnula craterium (),
Verpa conica (Bell morel / thimble fungus),
Xylaria polymorpha (Deadman’s fingers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Psathyrella sp.

Species list from Todd Nature Reserve on 04/01/2017

Walk leader Adam Haritan led the group for a stroll in the beautiful Todd Nature Reserve. After all the rain last week the park was very wet and the creek was flowing high and fast. A lot of fresh jelly fungus was found and there was a perfusion of Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus orbitter oyster) on the decaying log but very few  other gilled species. We also found identifiable remains of last years fruiting bodies for quite a few species. A new find for the club was Dacrymyces capitatus a jelly fungus. The small orange pillows were dotted over a number of fallen branches ad attached by a small stem. We confirmed the ID with microscopic analysis of the spores and basidia.

Species list entered by Adam Haritan.

List of species found on the walk at Todd Nature Reserve:
Apiosporina morbosa (Black Knot of Cherry),
Auricularia auricula (Wood ear),
Camarops petersii (Dog Nose fungus),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Dacrymyces capitatus (),
Dacrymyces chrysospermus (),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Exidia recisa (Wood ear),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hymenochaete tabacina (Northern Brown Crust),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Perenniporia subacida (),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Plicaturopsis crispa (),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Spongipellis pachyodon (),
Steccherinum ochraceum (Ochre spreading tooth),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Last years fruiting bodies:
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom – rhizomorph),
Laetiporus cincinnatus (),
Morganella pyriformis (Pear-shaped Puffball),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),

Unidentified species:
2 x Mycena sp.

Comments:
Apparently the wood ear species Auricularia auricula is only found in Europe and the American species is Auricularia americana. We haven’t changed the name yet but it something we will review.
Hormomyces aurantiacus, the anamorph stage of Tremella mesenterica was also found.

Species list from South Park with La Monte Yarroll on 03/18/2017

We had a dozen intrepid walkers on this chilly day.

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at South Park with La Monte Yarroll:
Auricularia auricula (Tree-ear / Wood Ear),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Exidia recisa (Wood ear),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Panellus serotinus (Late Fall Oyster),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phellinus robineae (Cracked cap polypore),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots)

Is it going to be an early Morel season?

With the warmer than normal winter it looks like Morel season will start early again. The warm weeks in February thawed the ground and the one week cold snap last week will not have stopped springs march for long. There are many signs of spring to look for and a number of scientific measurements you can make to try and predict when Morel season will start. On the observation side people mention forest plants like Ramps, Skunk Cabbage and May apples, or trees like Redbud, Forsythia and Magnolia as signs that the time is right for Morels. On the scientific side people look at soil temperature (over 50°F), degree days and the amount of rain. We have certainly surpassed the degree day value of 700 and there will be plenty of warm rain this week which may trigger the start of the season. Unfortunately the Morel Sightings Map that I have recommend in the past seems to be defunct and there is no map for 2017. There is a replacement though at the The Great Morel website. I have also been searching Mushroom Observer for sightings and checking morelmushroomhunting.com for reports but haven’t seen anything in PA yet. However, we have received post to our Facebook page of false morel finds and this week reports of a true morel find.

Do you want to find out more about hunting for morels? There is an early season talk on Morel Mushrooms and How to Find Them at Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana PA on the 17th April. On the 19th April you can join April’s guest speaker for a Hunt the woods with Britt Bunyard at Bushy Run Battlefield. Our main morel talk and walk is on the 29th of April: Morel Mushrooms: What, Where, When. Presentation and walk at Pine Ridge Lodge. If you can not make a talk or walk please have a look at one of our previous presentations.

Finally as Morel season is difficult to predict there will probably be some pop up walks with just a few days notice. Check out the clubs Facebook page for more information.

March and April newsletter published

Our first newsletter of the year, covering March and April, has been sent out to electronic and paper subscribers. There is an overview of the of both the club meetings and some of the upcoming walks that have been arranged for this year as well as book reviews, rewards and an article on Mushroom dyes. We are always looking for articles and mushroom related stores, please contact Cecily Franklin if you have something to contribute.

You can see the first page of the newsletter here.

Coral fungi of Western PA

A presentation from Richard Jacob

Last years educational talk on Corals. The talk covers the different coral fungi families and species found in Western Pennsylvania.

Introduction to Jelly, Club and Corals

A presentation from John Stuart

Last years educational talk on Jelly, Club and Corals. The talk covers the identifying features of each group.