Species list from Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus on 10/28/2017

A very wet and rainy day at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus. Eight of us meet at the main campus parking lot before walking down a trail into the woods. We found a wide range of species and with the recent rain we’re starting to see gilled mushrooms again.

Despite mainly staying on the trail some members managed to pick up a lot of ticks which was quite unusual. This may be due to the time of year and the weather or it could be particular to the location and the number of deer on campus. Either way no fun for anyone.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus:
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Clitocybe subconnexa (),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Gymnopus dryophilus (),
Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Irpex lacteus (),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Morganella pyriformis (Pear-shaped Puffball),
Mycena galericulata (Common Mycena; Rosy-gill Fairy-helmet),
Mycena luteopallens (Walnut Mycena),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Pholiota limonella (),
Plicaturopsis crispa (),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Sparassis americana (Cauliflower Mushroom),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter)
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xylaria cubensis (),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Stropharia sp.

Pictures by Richard Jacob. Some of the pictures are a bit blury or soft focus due to water on the lens as it was raining for most of the walk.

Species list from Dead Man’s Hollow on 10/21/2017

We had 35 people turn out for this last joint WPMC-ALT walk of the year. This was strictly a survey with no collecting for food. We mostly found fungi growing on wood with very little directly on the ground. The weather had a slight chill, but I had to remove my jacket during identification.

The instructions on the web site were wrong, so a few people went to the wrong side of the park. Richard Jacob picked up a couple. Identifier Sarah Banach was among the misdirected who eventually found us. She helped Richard and La Monte with identification.

Richard has been doing his homework, which includes microscopy and DNA barcoding, and tells us that the small orange eyelash cup we find is actually Scutellinia subhirtella, not S. setosa that we’ve been calling it for years.

The Stemonits splendens had lost enough spores that we could tell under a hand lens that the columnella did not extend all the way to the end of the sporangium. This allowed us to get a positive ID without microscopy.

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

List of species found on the walk at Dead Man’s Hollow:
Arcyria denudata (Pink Carnival Candy Slime),
Armillaria gallica (Honey Mushroom),
Coprinus lagopides (),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Datronia mollis (),
Diatrype stigma (),
Ganoderma lobatum (Soft Artist’s Conk),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods / Sheep Head),
Hapalopilus nidulans (Tender Nesting Polypore),
Hypoxylon multiforme (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lentinellus ursinus (),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Multiclavula mucida (),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Scutellinia subhirtella (Orange Eyelash Cup),
Serpula lacrimans (Dry rot),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Trichia favoginea (),
Xylaria cornu-damae (),
Xylaria cubensis (),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Lepiota sp. (Cap 10cm edge to edge, gills white free close, no annulus, base of stalk missing, on wood)

 

Species list from October meeting on 10/17/2017

Election night and Photo contest night! Specimens were local along with a number collected by Garrett Taylor in Cook Forest State Park and places between North WPA and Pittsburgh.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Garrett Taylor, La Monte Yarroll and others.

List of species found on the walk at October meeting:
Agaricus placomyces (Eastern Flat Topped Agaricus),
Amanita vaginata var. vaginata (Grisette),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Crepidotus crocophyllus (),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Gymnopus subnudus (),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Lepiota cristata (Malodorous Lepiota),
Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Pluteus chrysophlebius (),
Psathyrella candolleana (),
Pseudocolus fusiformis (Stinky Squid),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Russula compacta (Firm Russula),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)
Trichoderma avellaneum (),

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Hymenopellis sp.
Russula so.
Marasmius sp.
Rhodocollybia sp,
Clitocybe sp.
Armillaria sp.
Ampulloclitocybe clavipes – found in NY state.

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.