It was a wet Sunday morning but four mushroom hunters were not to be deterred. As far as we are aware this is the first WPMC walk at Barking slopes, an Allegheny Land Trust property. We took the lower trail path and never made it up to the higher portion of the property.
There was a range of tree species in the valley with lots of Elm, a few Maple but not many Oak along with a lot of other species. We quickly started finding a variety of fungal spices but not many larger terrestrial species.

Richard Jacob took a number of the interesting specimens home for microscopic analysis. The first one was Bactridium flavum, small yellow blobs that when you look closely are made up of sacs. The species is kind of new to to the club, it’s been found it before but was not successfully identified. It’s an anamorph with conidia (an asexual, non-motile spore of a fungus). Richard ID’ed an eyelash cup specimen as Scutellinia colensoi. First time for the club and possibly the country. There have also been a couple of other unconfirmed sightings of this species. Richard also looked at the Resupinatus species and its spores did not match Resupinatus applicatus, the normal name we use for Resupinatus in this area. The specimen currently remains unidentified.

We were excited by some mock oyster’s (Phyllotopsis nidulans) as then would fill a spot on the bingo card but they were actually Crepidotus crocophyllus – damm. . .

Species list entered by Cara Barkley. Species identified by Cara Barkley and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Barking slopes:
[icon style=”camera”] Apioperdon pyriforme ( Pear-shaped Puffball ),
[icon style=”camera”] Ascocoryne cylichnium (),
[icon style=”camera”] Ascocoryne sarcoides (Purple Jelly Drops),
[icon style=”camera”] Bactridium flavum (),
[icon style=”camera”] Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
[icon style=”camera”] Cerioporus varius (),
[icon style=”camera”] Crepidotus crocophyllus (),
[icon style=”camera”] Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Daldinia childiae (Carbon Balls),
[icon style=”camera”] Flammulaster erinaceellus (Powder-scale Pholiota),
[icon style=”camera”] Flammulina velutipes (Velvet foot; Enokitake),
[icon style=”camera”] Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
[icon style=”camera”] Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
[icon style=”camera”] Gloeoporus dichrous (),
[icon style=”camera”] Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Merulius tremellosus (),
[icon style=”camera”] Niveoporofomes spraguei (Green Cheese Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots),
[icon style=”camera”] Phellinus robiniae (Cracked cap polypore, Locust polypore)
[icon style=”camera”] Phleogena faginea (Fenugreek Stalkball),
[icon style=”camera”] Plicaturopsis crispa (Crimp gill),
[icon style=”camera”] Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Poronidulus conchifer (),
[icon style=”camera”] Postia livens (Blue cheese polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Sarcomyxa serotina (Late Fall Oyster),
[icon style=”camera”] Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
[icon style=”camera”] Spongipellis pachyodon (),
[icon style=”camera”] Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
[icon style=”camera”] Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Scutellinia colensoi
Xylaria longiana
Trametes ochracea
Phellinus igniarius (A Cracked cap polypore on Willow)

Pluteus sp.
Crucibulum sp.
Family Entolomataceae
Family Corticiaceae
Resupinatus sp.
Lepiota sp.
Marasmius sp. x 2
Mycena sp. x 3
Diatrype sp.
Armillaria sp.
maple leaf mushroom

Pictures by Cara Barkley and Richard Jacob