About 20 people attended a beautiful late-morning Sunday hike in Frick Park with Stephen Bucklin and Jim Tunney. We searched the Oak/Beech/Maple/Hickory forest covering the hills to the east of the Frick Environmental Center and discovered numerous saprophytic and ectomycorrhizal species of fungi, as well as a few slime molds. One notable find was Thuemenella cubispora, a rare ascomycete fungus, growing on a downed hardwood tree. There were also many Xanthoconium purpureum mushrooms, and several specimens of the contorted form were collected.

Species list entered by Stephen Bucklin.

List of species found on the walk at Hike with a Naturalist: Fantastic Fungi:
[icon style=”camera”] Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
[icon style=”camera”] Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
[icon style=”camera”] Cantharellus minor (Small Chanterelle),
[icon style=”camera”] Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
[icon style=”camera”] Daedalea quercina (Thick-maze Oak Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Ductifera pululahuana (White jelly fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Gymnopus dichrous (),
[icon style=”camera”] Leotia lubrica (Yellow Jelly Babies),
[icon style=”camera”] Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
[icon style=”camera”] Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
[icon style=”camera”] Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Radulodon copelandii (),
[icon style=”camera”] Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
[icon style=”camera”] Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
[icon style=”camera”] Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
[icon style=”camera”] Thuemenella cubispora (),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes hirsuta (),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
[icon style=”camera”] Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry slime mold),
[icon style=”camera”] Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Tyromyces fragilis (),
[icon style=”camera”] Xanthoconium purpureum (),
[icon style=”camera”] Xylaria hypoxylon (Carbon Antlers)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
2 Amanita spp (unidentified, one sect Vaginatae, one section Amidella)
2 Russula spp (unidentified)
2 Lactarius spp (unidentified)
1 Inocybe sp (unidentified)
1 Pluteus sp (unidentified)