This walk was part of the led by Mycology Workshop Alexander Dogonniuck at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art just north of Harrisburg. This workshop covered proper procedures for specimen collection, documentation, identification, and preservation as a first step towards gearing up DCNR and PNHP for fungi inventory and conservation. John Plischke III and Richard Jacob attended the event as members of the Mycologica and Protists Technical Committee. Participants came from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program. As part of the workshop we collected specimens in the forest behind Ned Smith Center. Although the ground was very dry there were some swampy areas with Hemlocks and other areas with natural seepage that supported some of the smaller species.

There were two species of eyelash cup’s (Scutellinia) found and both needed identification by microscopy. Hypomyces ochraceus has not yet been identified in region where WPMC normally walks but it is one to look out for. There were some dried Calostoma cinnabarina (Stalked Puffball in Aspic) specimens which are only found at a few locations around Pittsburgh. Finally the Amanita daucipes specimens displayed many of the characteristics you would expect from the species including coloration, a “rooting” base and a rooting meat/chlorine aroma.

The Latin name for “coral tooth fungus” has changed over the years and Hericium coralloides will be found as “Hericium ramosum” in many books and, confusingly, Hericium americanum will be found as “Hericium coralloides.”

Walks were lead by Alexander Dogonniuck Richard Jacob, Jerry Hassinger and John Plischke. Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by the class.

List of species found on the walk at DCNR/PNHP/MAP TC Fungus Field Day:
Amanita daucipes (),
Amanita volvata (Volvate Amanita),
Austroboletus gracilis (Graceful Bolete),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Calostoma cinnabarina (Stalked Puffball in Aspic),
Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Ganoderma curtisii (),
Gymnopilus spectabilis (Big Laughing Gym),
Hericium coralloides (Coral tooth fungus),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Marasmius siccus (),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Mycena crocea (Walnut Mycena),
Naematoloma fasciculare (Sulfur Tuft),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Omphalotus illudens (Jack-o’-lantern),
Oxyporus populinus (Mossy Maple Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Perenniporia subacida (),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Polyporus arcularius (Spring Polypore),
Russula aeruginea (),
Russula virescens (Green Russula),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin poison puffball),
Scutellinia setosa (Small orange Eyelash Cup),
Scutellinia subhirtella (),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes pubescens (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Volvariella bombycina (),
Xerula megalospora (Rooting Collybia),
Xylaria hypoxylon (Carbon Antlers)
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic parchment),
From the microscopy work we have a fairly good match to Scutellinia setosa and the larger one that I though was Scutellinia scutellata actually looks more like Scutellinia subhirtella.

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Hypomyces ochraceus

Pholiota sp.
Red Russula species x2
Hypholoma sp.
Mycena sp.
Inocybe sp. x 2