July – August newsletter has been published.

The July to August bimonthly newsletter has just been sent out electronically and by post to all our members. Along with the normal list of up coming events there is a mini mushroom quiz and ButtonID round up. The club has also been mentioned in a variety of publications both local and national and there is a round up that coverage. I have updated the other press page with links to the articles too. If you have something to contribute please contact Cecily Franklin. You can also download the newsletter directly.

Species list from Linbrook Woodlands Conservation Area on 06/24/2017

This walk was in collaboration with ALT and was our first ever walk at Linbrook Woodlands Conservation Area.
Species list entered by Fluff Berger. Species identified by Fluff Berger and John Plischke III

List of species found on the walk at Linbrook Woodlands Conservation Area:
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Crepidotus mollis (Jelly Crep/Soft Stumpfoot),
Dacryopinax spathularia (Spathula Shapped Yellow Jelly),
Galiella rufa (Hairy Rubber Cup),
Hypomyces armeniacus (),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phlebia incarnata (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
Xeromphalina tenuipes ()

Species not currently on clubs life list or not fully identified:
Pluteus species
Lactarius species
Trametes species
Russula species, several
Cantharellus species, very small; maybe C. lateritius

Comments:
John Plischke III was our mycologist.

Species list from June meeting on 06/20/2017

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by club mycologists and identifiers. Thanks to Garrett Taylor for bringing numerous species to the meeting that he had collected in Cook Forest State Park.

List of species found on the walk at June meeting:
Abortiporus biennis (),
Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
Amanita muscaria var. guessowii (Fly Agaric),
Amanita rubescens (Blusher),
Amanita vaginata var. vaginata (Grisette),
Amanita volvata (Volvate Amanita),
Baorangia bicolor (Red-and-yellow Bolete; Bicolor Bolete),
Boletus pallidus (Pallid Bolete),
Cantharellus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar-red Chanterelle),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Cantharellus minor (Small Chanterelle),
Craterellus fallax (Black Trumpet),
Dictydiaethalium plumbeum (),
Fomitopsis spraguei (Green Cheese Polypore),
Galiella rufa (Hairy Rubber Cup),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Chi),
Helvella macropus (),
Hypocrea sulphurea (),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Inocybe tahquamenonensis (),
Laccaria laccata (Common Laccaria; Deceiver Laccaria),
Lactarius oculatus (),
Lactarius quietus (),
Leccinum albellum (),
Leccinum scabrum (Birch Scaber Stalk),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Macrolepiota procera (Parasol Lepiota),
Marasmius nigrodiscus (),
Marasmius opacus (),
Marasmius siccus (),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Melanoleuca alboflavida (),
Phaeolus schweinitzii (Dyer’s pollypore or velvet-top fungus),
Phellinus pini (),
Phylloporus rhodoxanthus (Gilled Bolete),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus elegans (Elegant Polypore),
Resinomycena rhododendri (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stropharia rugosoannulata (Wine Cap Stropharia),
Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry slime mold),
Xenasmatella vaga (),
Xylaria hypoxylon (Carbon Antlers),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Amanita species 02: The Little Brown Amanita
Marasmius sp. x2
Galerina sp,
Trametes sp.
and a crust sp.

Species list from Afternoon walk at Salamander Park on 06/17/2017

Many of Mushroom Education Class attendees came down the hill in order to try their had at finding and identifying mushrooms. We had quite a wide variety of species but not that many specimens of any one species. Just a few days to early for lots of the larger “mushroom” species and chanterelles. However, a couple of the ones we did find were interesting. Hymenopellis incognita had previously be found by club member Cecily Franklin and identified by Michael Kuo. On this walk we found it again along with a close look alike Hymenopellis furfuracea. There are slight differences in the margin of the cap and whether the stem is stuffed H. incognita, or hollow, H. furfuracea but confirmation came down to microscopic analysis of the spores.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Identified by La Monte Yarroll, Blaine Sanner, Adam Heritan and Richard Jacob
along with a few other members.

List of species found on the walk at Afternoon walk at Salamander Park:

Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust),
Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
Arcyria cinerea (White Carnival Candy Slime),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Calocera cornea (),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Clavaria vermicularis (White Worm Coral Fungus),
Dacryopinax spathularia (Spathula Shapped Yellow Jelly),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Hapalopilus nidulans (Tender Nesting Polypore),
Hemitrichia calyculata (),
Hypocrea pallida (),
Hymenopellis furfuracea (),
Hymenopellis incognita (),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Hypoxylon fragiforme (Red Cushion Fungi),
Inocybe rimosa (Straw-colored Fiber-head),
Inonotus dryadeus (Oak Bracket),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Lentinellus ursinus (),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Maramiellus candidus (),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mycena subcaerulea (Blue mycena),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots),
Peniophora cinerea (),
Perenniporia robiniophila (Locust polypore),
Polyporus radicatus (Rooting Polypore),
Polyporus varius (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
Tremellodendron schweinitzii (Jellied False Coral),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xylaria longipes (),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Russla sp. x2
Lepiota sp

Species list from Phipps Conservancy BioBlitz on 06/11/2017

WPMC had a booth at the Phipps BioBlitz and talked to many interested members of the public that attended the event. We ran two walks with about 10 or so people on each one. We found a fair number of slime molds down by the creek in Panther Hollow but very few gilled specimens. In the afternoon club member Loukas Sarvidis arrived with a good selection of gilled and larger species. Loukas knows the park well and often takes pictures of the mushrooms he finds. There were two very interesting finds. The first is a toothy crust mushroom, Radulomyces copelandii (Asian Beauty), that is an invasive species that has been spreading slowly west from when it was first documented in Eastern Massachusetts in 2009. The second species is a anamorph Dead mans finger relative Xylocoremium flabelliforme. There are 2 states for the species each with an official name! The most common form is as photographed here and the other state looks like dead mans fingers and is very uncommon, John Plischke III has only photographed it once. This more common state can often be found a couple of times per year. Strictly speaking we should probably be using the Xylaria cubensis name for all identifications.

All specimens were found in Schenley Park by BioBlitz participants.

Species list entered by Fluff Berger. Species identified by Fluff Berger, La Monte Yarroll, Adam Haritan and Richard Jacob. Thanks to mentioned club identifiers and mycologists and also to
Jim Wasik for membership sales and promotion.

List of species found on the walk at Phipps Conservancy BioBlitz:
Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Clitocybe gibba (Funnel Clitocybe),
Coprinopsis variegata (Scally Inky Cap),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Fuligo septica (Scrambled-egg Slime; Dog Vomit Slime),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Hemitrichia calyculata (),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Inocybe fastigiata (AKA Inocybe rimosa),
Inonotus dryadeus (Oak Bracket),
Kretzschmaria deusta (Carbon Cushion, Brittle Cinder),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Pluteus longistriatus (),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Polyporus varius (),
Radulomyces copelandii (Asian Beauty),
Russula flavisiccans (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)
Xylocoremium flabelliforme (),

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Parasola species
Peziza species

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.