Ranger Andy Lariviere led us on a gentle climb up the hills of Ryerson Station. The weather was wonderful for a walk in the woods.

About a dozen people joined us for the Southern walk, mostly folks who were relatively new to mushrooming. We were thrilled with an extensive fruiting of chanterelles–everybody got as much as they wanted to collect. Andy decided that he likes the flavor of Lactarius piperatus and will be drying his collection and powdering it as a spice.

The White Jelly Roll we found was unusual in that all collections had inclusions of plant stems. My identification may be wrong.

This was the first time I’ve been able to apply my new knowledge from NEMF 2017. I was able to identify our Artist’s Conk as G. lobatum, the softer Artist’s Conk. If you can easily dent the cap with your fingernail, you have G. lobatum and not G. applanatum. I think there’s also a difference in appearance, but I’ll have to find a lot more of them before I’m confident to describe the visual difference.

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Hike Ryerson Station with Andy Lariviere:

Amanita fulva (AKA Amanita amerifulva),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Gyroporus castaneus (Chestnut Bolete),
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Laccaria laccata (Common Laccaria; Deceiver Laccaria),
Lacrymaria velutina (Weeping widow),
Lactarius piperatus (),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Marasmius pyrrhocephalus (),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phellinus rimosus (),
Ramaria stricta (),
Russula laurocerasi (Almond Scented Russula),
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
Russula silvicola (Dry Woods Russula),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Strobilomyces strobilaceus (),
Thelephora terrestris (),
Tremellodendron schweinitzii (),
Tylopilus felleus (Bitter Bolete),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Ganoderma lobatum (Soft Artist’s Conk)
Stereum subtomentosum (Yellow-staining Stereum)
Ductifera pululahuana (White Jelly Roll = Exidia alba)