The weather has not been cooperating! The Pittsburgh region has missed out on rain when the last two or so cold fronts have come through. Everyone is eagerly awaiting chanterelle season but it’s too dry. The area where we walk has a creek running through it so there are always some mushrooms or slime molds to be found but it was hard going. Lots of dried up specimens from last year along with a handful of fresh species but only one or two individuals per species. We did find 4 slime mold species down by the creek. There was a lone bolete, three Russula species, a couple of Amanitas and a single Cortinarius. Despite the poor show from the mushrooms the 16 or so people who joined the walk had a good time.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Barbora Batokova, Robert Bosiljevac, Richard Jacob and Scott Pavelle.

[icon style=”camera”] Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust),
[icon style=”camera”] Amanita amerifulva (American Orange-Brown Ringless Amanita),
[icon style=”camera”] Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
[icon style=”camera”] Amanita solaniolens (Old Potato Amanita),
[icon style=”camera”] Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Cerioporus varius (),
[icon style=”camera”] Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Fuligo septica (Scrambled-egg Slime; Dog Vomit Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Irpex lacteus (),
[icon style=”camera”] Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
[icon style=”camera”] Megacollyb rodmanii ( Platterful Mushroom),
[icon style=”camera”] Mycetinis opacus (),
[icon style=”camera”] Niveoporofomes spragueia (Green Cheese Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Orbilia xanthostigma i (),
[icon style=”camera”] Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Russula vinosa (),
[icon style=”camera”] Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
[icon style=”camera”] Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
[icon style=”camera”] Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Tyromyces chioneus ()White Cheese Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species missing from list:
Stemonitis sp. ( Chocolate Tube Slime),
Hydnellum sp.
Cortinarius sp. (Cortinarius torvus or Cortinarius alboviolaceus)
[icon style=”camera”] Hemileccinum subglabripes (),
Small red capped Russula sp.
Larger red capped Russula sp.

Photos by Susan Bertoty and Richard Jacob