Species list from Talk and Walk with Stonefruit Community Herbalists on 06/10/2017

We had twelve people and only spent 1 hour in the woods, but we came out with an interesting haul. Notable is a rust on jewelweed new to even Club Mycologist John Plischke III and a large rare Xerula (rooted collybia) noted for its brown gill edges and brown staining.
We all got a late start due to a series of accidents which closed down I79 in both directions, so we reduced our time in the woods.

Club Mycologist La Monte Yarroll gave a half hour introduction to mushrooms with an emphasis on collecting for the table. The books he recommended are Start Mushrooming: The Easiest Way to Start Collecting 6 Edible Mushrooms , National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, and Mushrooms of Northeast North America: Midwest to New England .

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

List of species found on the walk at Talk and Walk with Stonefruit Community Herbalists:
Chlorencoelia versiformis (),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Crepidotus mollis (Jelly Crep/Soft Stumpfoot),
Dasyscyphus virgineus (Stalked Hairy Fairy Cup),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Hymenochaete tabacina (Northern Brown Crust),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mutinus elegans (Elegant Stinkhorn),
Mycena atkinsoniana (),
Peniophora cinerea (Grey Paint Crust),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Polyporus varius (),
Psathyrella candolleana (),
Psathyrella rugocephala (),
Scutellinia subhirtella (Orange Eyelash Cup),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Suillus grevillei (Larch Suillus),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xerula rubrobrunnescens (),
Xylaria cornu-damae (),
Xylaria longipes ()

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Puccinia recondita (Leaf Rust of Rye) – found on jewelweed

Species list from McConnell’s Mill with Jack Baker on 06/03/2017

About 22 people turned out for a lovely day to walk down into the valley at McConnell’s Mill. We were accompanied by Ranger Natalie Simon. A small group crossed the river at the mill and came back with a highly diverse collection of species. The bulk of the group stayed on the mill side of the river and found drier conditions and relatively low diversity.

We had two Club Mycologists and three Club Identifiers plus a few of our members who are closing in on Identifier status. This led to a large number of successful identifications. As usual John Plischke III was able to add several new identifications for the club life list. The hemlock woods are unusual for the club and contributed directly to several of the new species.

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

List of species found on the walk at McConnell’s Mill with Jack Baker:
Calocera cornea (Club-like tuning fork),
Ceratiomyxa porioides (Honeycomb Coral Slime Mold ),
Collybia earleae (),
Crepidotus mollis (Jelly Crep/Soft Stumpfoot),
Fomes fomentarius (Tinder Polypore),
Fomitopsis pinicola (Red Bealted Polypore),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma tsugae (Hemlock Varnish-shelf),
Gymnopus alkalivirens (Little brown collybia),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak loving Collybia),
Hypoxylon multiforme (),
Laccaria laccata (Common Laccaria; Deceiver Laccaria),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mycena acicula (),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Polyporus varius (),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Simocybe centunculus (Dingy Twiglet),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Ustulina deusta (AKA Kretzschmaria deusta),
Xylaria cornu-damae ()

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Hypocrea pulvinata (Polypore hypocrea)
Kuehneromyces mutabilis (Sheathed Woodtuft)
Psathyrella conissans ()
Porodaedalea pini (Pine bracket)
Xylaria sp. (5mm equal, covered in white conidia)

Species list from Sycamore Island Walk with the Allegheny Land Trust on 05/21/2017

A group of 30 people joined Allegheny Land Trust and WPMC to explore Sycamore Island and search for mushrooms. We were ferried over by the good ship Rachel Carson. Weather in the last week had been dry and there were not as many species as expected. There were still interesting finds and a number of species were identified that had not been previously recorded on the island.

Species list entered by Jim Tunney. Species identified by Jim Tunney and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Sycamore Island Walk with the Allegheny Land Trust:
Arcyria cinerea (White Carnival Candy Slime),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Coprinopsis variegata (Scally Inky Cap),
Coprinus atramentarius (Alcohol inky),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica cap),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Flammulaster erinaceellus (),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Lenzites elegans (AKA Trametes elegans),
Lyophyllum decastes (Fried Chicken Mushroom),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Pluteus longistriatus (Pleated Pluteus),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scutellinia erinaceus (Orange Eyelash Cup),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylaria hypoxylon (Carbon Antlers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Psathyrella sp.
Clitocybe sp.

Species list from Frick Park on 05/20/2017

A small group of 6 people joined Fluff Berger for the “Not the Wild Resource Symposium” which was sadly canceled.
Species list entered by Fluff Berger. Species identified by Fluff Berger and La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Frick Park:
Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust),
Biscogniauxia atropunctata (Hypoxylon canker),
Collybia dryophila (AKA Gymnopus dryophilus),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Diatrype stigma (),
Disciotis venosa (Veined Cup),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Hypoxylon multiforme (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Lachnum virgineum (),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Pholiota aurivella (),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus varius (),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stemonitis axifera (),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Fusicolla merismoides (Tree Slime fungus) For more about this species see Mushroom Observer.
Unknown Russula species
Unknown Psathyrella species
Unknown polypore

Cultivation Night notes and Species list from May 2017 General Meeting on 05/16/2017

Wow there were a lot of spawn kits available at the last meeting! Cultivation night has been organized by Jim Tunney and friends for quite a few years now and this one was pretty special. The main kit was oyster mushroom spawn in a zip lock bag. The spawn was mature and had grown over all the grain and was ready to move to Cottonseed hulls. The second kit was a freshly inoculated king oyster bag. The bag of grain was inculcated on the 14th May and was just starting to grow.  Once the spawn has completely covered the grain in the bag, in a week or so time, it is ready for transferring. We will probably have some more bags of cottonseed hulls available at the next meeting so you can put them in the fridge at that point and they will be fine for a week or two. You can also use sawdust or wood pellets. Instructions for preparing the cottonseed hulls are here. Thanks to Mark Spear and Rebecca Miller for preparing the King oyster spawn.

A team of club members set up a shiitake log drilling and inoculation assembly line. I am not sure how many logs were prepared but it looked like it was over 50. Lots of people were involved with this and we thank all of them for pulling out all the stops and both organizing the assembly line, bringing all the required tools, wax and spawn and of course preparing so many logs. Also thanks to Joyce and Paul Manns for bringing some extra oak logs too.

Then there were a couple of optimal extra kits which cultivation night organizer Jim Tunney had prepared. The first was a Schizophyllum commune (Common split gill mushroom) kit culture in a plastic takeout cup. Keep the cup covered and in a damp place. After a few weeks poke a few holes in the top and the split gill should fruit.

For the adventurous there was a reishi mushroom culture on Avocado pits. You will have talked to Jim Tunney if you took one of these home

 

 

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

List of species found on the walk at May 2017 General Meeting:
Agrocybe pediades (Hemispheric Agrocybe),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Chi),
Hypsizygus tessulatus (),
Lentinus lepideus (),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Psathyrella delineata (Wrinkled-cap Psathyrella),
Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata (Psilocybe Ovoid),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stropharia rugosoannulata (Wine Cap Stropharia),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Gymnopus alkalivirens – A little brown collybia whose cap stains green in KOH — identified by Richard Jacob.
Ductifera pululahuana =Exidia alba – a pretty white jelly with two cool names.
Phallus rubicundus – a moderately pleasant-smelling stinkhorn — collected and identified by John Plischke.
Gymnoconia nitens (Orange Blackberry Rust) — Thanks to Adam Harrington for identifying the blackberry leaves.

Comments:

The cultivation meeting always draws a crowd.

Fungal diversity was not great, but we saw several rare or rarely-identified species.

Species list from Spring walk at Hartwood acres on 05/13/2017

About 20 people joined walk leader Richard Jacob and took the woods. It was a nice change to have a dry weekend. We explored “mushroom valley” finding a variety of small species before lopping back through the oak forest and picking up Russula vinacea the first Russula species of the season. There were a couple of unknowns at the end of the walk. A dark brown cap, stem and gilled mushroom looked like it should be easy to identify. After flicking through the Lincoff Audubon guide I was pretty sure I had a match. A drop of Ammonia or KOH to the cap generated a nice green (green blue) reaction which confirmed the identification as Gymnopus alkalivirens. There was a leafy jelly mushroom too, Tremella foliacea (Jelly Leaf). Finally, there is one other interesting ascomycetes on a stick that has now been ID’ed as Colpoma quercinum.

Species list entered by Adam Hartian, Dick Dougall, John Stuart, Judy Mackenroth and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Spring walk at Hartwood acres:
Agrocybe pediades (Hemispheric Agrocybe),
Aleurodiscus wakefieldiae (Hophornbeam Disc),
Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Colpoma quercinum (),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Dacrymyces capitatus (),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Fomitopsis spraguei (Green Cheese Polypore),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Gymnopus alkalivirens (),
Lacrymaria velutina (Weeping widow),
Laetiporus cincinnatus (White-Pored Chicken of the Woods ),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena inclinata (Clustered bonnet / oak-stump bonnet cap),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Parasola plicatilis (Japanese Umbrella Inky),
Peziza badio-confusa (Common Brown Cup),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Rickenella fibula (Orange Moss Agaric),
Russula vinacea (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Schizopora paradoxa (),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella foliacea (Jelly Leaf),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tubaria furfuracea (Fringed Tubaria),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Club Walk at Frick Park, City of Pittsburgh on on 05/06/2017

It was a wet and cool Saturday at Frick park but we had a reasonable turnout at this city park. No morels but we did find a number of unusual species. A yellow crust was living on top of a Beech Jelly Roll specimen (Exidia glandulosa), that turns out to be the ascomycetes Hypocrea sulphurea. You can see how the sulfur yellow color is reflected in the name. Another interesting species was Pseudocolus fusiformis (Stinky Squid). The first North American sighting was for the species was made in Pittsburgh in 1915. Since then is has been reported on the east coast from Maine down to Florida and west to Kansas and Texas. So it is good to know, or bad depending on your opinion on invasive species, that it is still here in Pittsburgh.

Species list entered by Dick Dougall. Species identified by Dick Dougall and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Frick Park, City of Pittsburgh:
Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust)
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown tipped coral)
Auricularia auricula (Tree-ear / Wood Ear)
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky polypore)
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore)
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls)
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll)
Globiformes graveolens (Sweet Knot)
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak loving Collybia)
Hypocrea sulphurea ()
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime)
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom)
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena)
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagon pored polypore)
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster)
Parasola plicatilis (Pleated Inkcap)
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom)
Polyporus arcularius (Spring Polypore)
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore)
Pseudocolus fusiformis (Stinky Squid)
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill)
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup)
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment)
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail)
Trametes elegans ()
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)
Tremella lutescens (Yellow Witches’ Butter)
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)
Xylaria hypoxylon (Carbon Antlers)
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Honey Mushroom Rhizomorphs
Along with a couple of unidentified mycena species.

May and June newsletter published

This notification is a little late but the May to June newsletter has been sent out electronically and by post to all our members. There are lots of notices on upcoming events along with watercolor pictures from club identifier Sarah Banach and an answer to the eternal question “Is it Edible?” by past president Dick Dougall. If you have something to contribute please contact Cecily Franklin. You can also download the newsletter directly.

Species list from Morel Mushrooms: What, Where, When. Presentation and walk at Pine Ridge Lodge on 04/29/2017

After an excellent introduction talk about Morels and how to find them by club identifier Bob Sleigh the large group drove round to the main Pine Ridge park to hunt for Morels. The group split into 4 sub groups and went in different directions along with a guide. A storm rolled through the area but the thunder, lightning and rain quickly dissipated and did not dampen the crowds enthusiasm for the morel hunt. Each group found some morels, along with an assortment of other species. We then reconvened to compare our finds and identify the other species.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Morel Mushrooms: What, Where, When. Presentation and walk at Pine Ridge Lodge:
Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Morchella angusticeps (Black Morel),
Morchella esculenta (Yellow Morel),
Morchella semilibera (Half-free Morel),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Peziza badioconfusa (),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus brumalis (),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Urnula craterium ()

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Pleurotus sp.