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.
(Mayapple Rust), Allodus podophylli
(American Orange-Brown Ringless Amanita), Amanita amerifulva
(Yellow Patches), Amanita flavoconia
(Old Potato Amanita), Amanita solaniolens
(Coral Slime), Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa
(), Cerioporus varius
(Thin-maze Flat Polypore), Daedaleopsis confragosa
(Scrambled-egg Slime; Dog Vomit Slime), Fuligo septica
(), Irpex lacteus
(Wolf’s Milk Slime), Lycogala epidendrum
(Pinwheel Marasmius), Marasmius rotula
( Platterful Mushroom), Megacollyb rodmanii
(), Mycetinis opacus
(Green Cheese Polypore), Niveoporofomes spragueia
(), Orbilia xanthostigma i
(Mustard Yellow polypore), Phellinus gilvus
(), Russula vinosa
(Split Gill), Schizophyllum commune
(False Turkey-tail), Stereum ostrea
(Lumpy bracket), Trametes gibbosa
(Turkey-tail), Trametes versicolor
(Violet Toothed-Polypore), Trichaptum biforme
()White Cheese Polypore), Tyromyces chioneus
(Ceramic Parchment) Xylobolus frustulatus
Species missing from list:
Stemonitis sp. ( Chocolate Tube Slime),
Cortinarius sp. (Cortinarius torvus or Cortinarius alboviolaceus)
(), Hemileccinum subglabripes
Small red capped Russula sp.
Larger red capped Russula sp.
Photos by Susan Bertoty and Richard Jacob