Species list from 16 April 2019 monthly meeting on 04/16/2019

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at 16 April 2019 monthly meeting:

Auricularia angiospermarum (Tree-ear / Wood Ear),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Ganoderma lobatum (Soft Artist’s Conk),
Gyromitra caroliniana (),
Hemitrichia serpula (),
Phyllotopsis nidulans (Mock Oyster),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pleurotus populinus (Aspen Oyster Mushroom),
Sarcoscypha austriaca (Scarlet cup),
Urnula craterium ()

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Tubakia suttoniana (), (Black Spot on Oak)
Botryobasidium sp. (avreum?)
Biscogniauxia marginata (),
Inonotus sp. on Maple

Species list from Sycamore Island on April 13 2019

Species list entered by Jim Tunney.

Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore)
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls)
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll)
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk)
Gloeoporus dichrous ()
Trametes elegans ()
Morganella pyriformis (Pear-shaped Puffball)
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore)
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom)
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore)
Polyporus elegans (AKA Cerioporus leptocephalus but we still use Polyporus elegans Elegant Polypore)
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle
Pheasant Polypore)
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill)
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail)
Trametes hirsuta ()
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)

Photos courtesy of Allegheny Land Trust:

Morel Season starting soon

One can even say it has started as club member and early bird Ray Ryczek reported the first black Morel sighting for the season on the clubs Facebook page. There are other reports from Fayette County, on the PA-Morel Mushroom Hunting page. A lot of the Morel sighting map webpages come and go but this one at The Great Morel is still active. Fayette County seems to be the one of the first areas where morels are found in the season but it won’t be long before they start appearing in other southern areas of PA.

Need to know more about hunting Morels? Please see this presentation by past presidents Dick Dougall and Jim Wasik. We are also very sad to report that Dick Dougall passed away this week. His dedication to teaching beginners the basics of mushroom hunting will be sorely missed.

There are many natural signs that it is the right time for morels but one of the more scientific indicators is soil temperature. Morels need a consistent temperature of approximately 50-55℉ to fruit. According to this site Pittsburgh is about 50℉ a the moment so we probably need another week and a heavy spring rain storm and things should start getting exciting.

Safety note: I picked up a tick from the garden this week, it did not embed fortunately, so they have also become more active with the warm weather. Please take suitable precautions when you are out and about in the woods at your favorite morel spots.

Happy hunting!

Species list from Hartwood Acres on 03/30/2019

Over 80 people attended the first spring walk with the WPMC at Hartwood Acres in Allegheny County.  Despite rain in the forecast, conditions were mostly dry and temperatures were mild.  Forty species of fungi — mostly comprised of polypores, crust fungi, and a few jelly mushrooms — were collected and displayed at the end of the walk.

Species identified by Garrett Taylor, John Plischke III, John Stuart, Jim Tunney, La Monte Yarroll, Adam Haritan, and others.

Photograph by Kim Plischke.  Species list entered by Adam Haritan.

List of species found on the walk at Hartwood Acres:
Akanthomyces aculeatus (),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Bovista pila (Tumbling Puffball),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gloeophyllum sepiarium (Yellow-red Gill Polypore),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hymenochaete tabacina (Northern Brown Crust),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lycoperdon pyriforme (AKA Morganella pyriformis),
Myxarium nucleatum (Crystal Brain),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots),
Phaeolus schweinitzii (Dyer’s pollypore or velvet-top fungus),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus brumalis (Winter polypore),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Steccherinum ochraceum (ochre spreading tooth),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes conchifer (AKA Poronidulus conchifer),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes pubescens (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
Trichaptum abietinum (Conifer Polypore),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Trichaptum subchartaceum (),
Trichia favoginea (),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on club’s life list:
Propolis farinosa
Flavoparmelia caperata
Mycena sp.

Photos by Kris Murawski and Kim Plischke.

March to April newsletter has been published

Welcome to the 2019 mushroom season. The first newsletter of the year has been published and members should have received a copy by email or through the post. The March to April newsletter has lots of information about events, guest speakers and walks that have been organized so far for the upcoming year.

You can access a pdf copy or look at the archives.

Species list from Bird Park Winter walk on 02/03/2019

Species list entered and identified by Jim Tunney.

List of species found on the walk at Bird Park Winter walk:

Auricularia americana (Tree-ear / Wood Ear),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Flammulina velutipes (Velvet foot; Enokitake),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Trametes betulina (),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phaeocalicium polyporaeum (Black Matchstick Fungus),
Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore),
Polyporus brumalis (Winter polypore),
Punctularia strigoso-zonata (),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Sarcomyxa serotina (Late Fall Oyster),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes pubescens (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Plus two additional unidentified Mycena species

Species list from Black Friday walk at Camp Guyasuta on 11/23/2018

Big turnout for today’s Black Friday Mushroom Walk to benefit Camp Guyasuta. We had 24 people, from non-members to WPMC Mycologists. There was quite a freeze on the Thursday and many of the larger mushrooms that we found were frozen solid. There was a wide slection of crust and polypore mushrooms as long as the common late fall edible mushrooms.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Adam Haritan, Richard Jacob, Judy Mackenroth, John Plischke III, Garrett Taylor, La Monte Yarroll and others.

List of species found on the walk at Black Friday walk at Camp Guyasuta:

Armillaria gallica (Honey Mushroom),
Ascocoryne sarcoides (Purple Jelly Drops),
Auricularia angiospermarum (Tree-ear / Wood Ear),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Calocera cornea (Yellow tuning fork),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma lobatum (Soft Artist’s Conk),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hypocrea sulphurea (),
Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
Hypoxylon fragiforme (Red Cushion Fungi),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Kretzschmaria deusta (Carbon Cushion, Brittle Cinder),
Lycoperdon pyriforme (),
Oxyporus populinus (Mossy Maple Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Phlebia incarnata (),
Phlebia radiata (),
Physarum polycephalum (Many-headed slime mold),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Polyporus brumalis (Winter polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Sarcomyxa serotina (Late Fall Oyster),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella foliacea (Jelly Leaf),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Lentinus levis
Scorias spongiosa
Hypholoma subviride
Lycoperdon nigrescens
Mycena sp,
Phellinus sp.
Trametes cervina
Peziza sp.
Steccherinum subrawakense

Species list from Chatham University Eden Hall campus Fall festival on 11/04/2018

WPMC joined Chatham University at the Eden Hall campus for their Fall festival. We took a group of people into the forest to search for autumn mushrooms. On the walk from the parking lot to the meeting point we found a couple of interesting species including the Alcohol inky and some beautiful Fly Agaric specimens. Quite a variety of species were found with some larger gilled mushrooms as well a selection of Mycena and other smaller species. Due to time constraints there were quite a few species still on the table when we had to clear up and leave.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Jim Tunney, Richard Jacob and John Plischke III

List of species found on the walk at Eden Hall Fall festival:
Amanita citrina var citrina (),
Amanita muscaria var. guessowii (Fly Agaric),
Ascocoryne sarcoides (Purple Jelly Drops),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Coprinus atramentarius (Alcohol inky),
Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
Daedalea quercina (Thick-maze Oak Polypore),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods / Sheep Head),
Gymnopilus luteus (),
Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
Laccaria laccata (Common Laccaria; Deceiver Laccaria),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lentinus edodes (),
Leucopholiota decorosa (),
Lyophyllum decastes (Fried Chicken Mushroom),
Morganella pyriformis (Pear-shaped Puffball),
Mycena crocea (Walnut Mycena),
Mycena inclinata (Clustered bonnet / oak-stump bonnet cap),
Ossicaulis lignatilis (),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stropharia rugosoannulata var alba (Wine Cap Stropharia),
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:
Lactarius sp.
Clitocybe sp.
Trichloma sp.
Pholiota sp.
Russula sp.

November to December newsletter published

The November to December newsletter has been published electronically and sent out via post.  It looks like we have survived another year of mushrooming in Western Pennsylvania. The Lincoff Foray was a great success with over 100 Club members attending and over 125 species of mushrooms were found and identified at the North Park event. It turned out to be wonderful weather, great mushroom hunting, interesting talks and presentations, fabulous food.  For more, see Pages 1 – 4

The annual WPMC Photo Contest results are on Pages 6-7. Check the work of the talented Club photographers.

At the October meeting, the 2019 WPMC Board of Directors was elected. A short biography of each Officer is on Page 5.

You can access a pdf copy or look at the archives.

Species list from Pine Ridge Park on 10/27/2018

Bit of a wet weather walk this morning but the leaf canopy always keeps some of the rain off! John Plischke III led the ten or so intrepid mushrooms hunters for a walk in a tulip popular heavy part of Pine Ridge park. A variety of species found including a number of waxy caps and a distinctive Yellow Unicorn Entoloma. A couple of us visited a local orchard on the way home to pick up fresh apple donuts, honeycrisp apple cider and a variety of apples – Yum!

Species list entered by John Plischke III.

List of species found on the walk at Pine Ridge Park:
Amanita citrina var citrina (),
Armillaria gallica (Honey Mushroom),
Ascocoryne sarcoides (Purple Jelly Drops),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Camarops petersii (Dog Nose fungus),
Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain),
Clavulinopsis aurantiocinnabarina (Spindle Shaped Orange Coral),
Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Hericium coralloides (Bear’s Head Tooth),
Hygrocybe flavescens (),
Hygrophorus marginatus (Orange-gilled Waxy-cap),
Hygrophorus pratensis (),
Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
Lactarius chrysorrheus (),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Morganella pyriformis (Pear-shaped Puffball),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Phlebia tremellosa (),
Pholiota limonella (),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Plicaturopsis crispa (Crimp gill),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Psathyrella delineata (Wrinkled-cap Psathyrella),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stropharia hardii (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Tyromyces fragilis (),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Entoloma murrayi
Unidentified Lactarius, Pholotia and Russula species. Also two unidentified Ascomyces.

Photos by Kim Plischke and Richard Jacob