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.