Species list from Hens in the wood, North Park on 10/17/2015

A cool day at North Park with a big turn out of mushroom hunters. Some mushroom hunters from the Gray Wolf Gallery brought a number of large Hen of the woods/sheepshead mushrooms (Grifola frondosa) to show us all what we were looking for. At 10 am the crowd split up and went hunting. Quite a few people found edible species in abundance and a number of Hen of the woods were found too. We also stumbled across some of the largest Omphalotus illudens (Jack-o’-lantern) I have seen.

Walk leader John Stuart. Species list entered by John Stuart. Identified by John Stuart, Dick Dougall, and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Hens in the wood, North Park:

Amanita muscaria var. formosa (Fly Agaric),
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom),
Ascocoryne cylichnium (Purple Jelly Drops),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Boletus pulverulentus (),
Bondarzewia berkeleyi (Berkeley’s Polypore),
Clavariadelphus truncatus (Flat Topped Coral),
Clitocybe gigantea (Giant Clitoccybe),
Clitocybe nuda (Blewit),
Conocybe lactea (White Dunce Cap),
Coprinellus micaceus (Mica Cap),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Galerina marginata (Deadily Galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Chi),
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods / Sheep Head),
Hericium coralloides (Bear’s Head Tooth),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Ischnoderma resinosum (),
Lactarius quietus (),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lepiota rachodes (Shaggy Parasol),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Lycoperdon pyriforme (Pear-shaped Puffball),
Naematoloma fasciculare (Sulfur Tuft),
Hypholoma sublateritium (Brick Tops),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Omphalotus illudens (Jack-o’-lantern),
Pluteus longistriatus (Pleated Pluteus),
Psilocybe thrausta (AKA Leratiomyces squamosus ),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Suillus granulatus (Dotted-stalk Suillus; Granulated Slippery Jack),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tricholomopsis rutilans (Plums-and-custard),
Tylopilus felleus (Bitter Bolete),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Quite a few more species where found including 2 or 3 more species of Amanita but there was a cold wind blowing all the boats and labels of the specimens of the table so we called it a day. Pictures by Brian Johanson and Richard Jacob.

2 Comments on “Species list from Hens in the wood, North Park on 10/17/2015

  1. Could someone please email me and tell me how to join, and also whether you can hold a walk on my property? I live southeast of Saxonburg and have 18 acres of hills with trees, shrubs, fields, and woods as well as a pond and a stream. There are so many mushrooms that grow here! I am interested in which ones are edible. The only ones I know for sure are the puffballs.

    • You can join online or at one of the monthly meetings. You can also send in an application form, details in the “online” link. We can hold a walk on your property if you are willing to have 20 or so club members walk through it. I will contact you via email to arrange details.

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