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.