Fifty plus people came out on a beautiful Saturday morning. We were joined by Ivy Kuberry an environmental technician with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources who kindly let us use some of her photos. Three groups split up and covered three different trails starting from the covered bridge and found almost 50 species. We were not expecting to find much in the way of Amanitas, Russulas and other larger gilled mushrooms but we generally find a lot of interesting species at McConnells Mill and this walk did not disappoint. There were cup mushrooms in abundance and we had fun blowing on Peziza phyllogena (Common Brown Cup) and seeing them release spores a split second later. There were a number of other cup fungi which the club identifiers had not seen before. Peziza michelii was a very pretty cup with a pale violet inner fertile surface and milky white lower surface. In the same area there was a light beige cup with a very stout stem and quite a distinctive look that our best ID would be Peziza waltersii. The third cup was identified as Peziza varia. One of the smaller finds of the day was Chromosera cyanophylla a small gilled mushroom that grows on Hemlock. It has a yellow-brown cap and pink/purple gills.

Species list entered by Jerry Sapp. Identifications by Garret Taylor, Richard Jacob and Jerry Sapp. Species list entered by Jerry Sapp.

List of species found on the walk at McConnells Mill State Park:
[icon style=”camera”] Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Ceratiomyxa porioides (Honeycomb Coral Slime Mold ),
[icon style=”camera”] Cerioporus leptocephalus (Elegant Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Cerioporus varius (),
[icon style=”camera”] Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak loving Collybia),
[icon style=”camera”] Collybia maculata (Spotted Collybia),
[icon style=”camera”] Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
[icon style=”camera”] Flammulaster erinaceellus (Powder-scale Pholiota),
[icon style=”camera”] Fomes fomentarius (Tinder Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Fuligo septica (Scrambled-egg Slime; Dog Vomit Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
[icon style=”camera”] Ganoderma tsugae (Hemlock Varnish-shelf),
[icon style=”camera”] Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Kretzschmaria deusta (Carbon Cushion, Brittle Cinder),
[icon style=”camera”] Lacrymaria velutina (Weeping widow),
[icon style=”camera”] Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
[icon style=”camera”] Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
[icon style=”camera”] Mycena acicula (),
[icon style=”camera”] Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
[icon style=”camera”] Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
[icon style=”camera”] Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Nolanea verna (),
[icon style=”camera”] Peziza phyllogena (Common Brown Cup),
[icon style=”camera”] Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
[icon style=”camera”] Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
[icon style=”camera”] Polyporus arcularius (Spring Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Polyporus craterellus (),
[icon style=”camera”] Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
[icon style=”camera”] Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
[icon style=”camera”] Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
[icon style=”camera”] Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
[icon style=”camera”] Trichaptum abietinum (Conifer Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Tricholomopsis rutilans (Plums-and-custard),
[icon style=”camera”] Xylaria longipes (),
[icon style=”camera”] Xylaria hypoxylon (),

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Chromosera cyanophylla,
Kueneromyces marginellus,
Peziza michelii,
Peziza varia,
Peziza waltersii,
Stropharia melanosperma,
Unnamed Crepidotus