Over 80 people attended the first spring walk with the WPMC at Hartwood Acres in Allegheny County.  Despite rain in the forecast, conditions were mostly dry and temperatures were mild.  Forty species of fungi — mostly comprised of polypores, crust fungi, and a few jelly mushrooms — were collected and displayed at the end of the walk.

Species identified by Garrett Taylor, John Plischke III, John Stuart, Jim Tunney, La Monte Yarroll, Adam Haritan, and others.

Photograph by Kim Plischke.  Species list entered by Adam Haritan.

List of species found on the walk at Hartwood Acres:
Akanthomyces aculeatus (),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Bovista pila (Tumbling Puffball),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gloeophyllum sepiarium (Yellow-red Gill Polypore),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hymenochaete tabacina (Northern Brown Crust),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lycoperdon pyriforme (AKA Morganella pyriformis),
Myxarium nucleatum (Crystal Brain),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots),
Phaeolus schweinitzii (Dyer’s pollypore or velvet-top fungus),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus brumalis (Winter polypore),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Steccherinum ochraceum (ochre spreading tooth),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes conchifer (AKA Poronidulus conchifer),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes pubescens (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
Trichaptum abietinum (Conifer Polypore),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Trichaptum subchartaceum (),
Trichia favoginea (),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on club’s life list:
Propolis farinosa
Flavoparmelia caperata
Mycena sp.

Photos by Kris Murawski and Kim Plischke.