Walk leader Mike Ott. A hearty band of 13 Adults & 3 Children braved the rain and hunted mushroom in North Park. After having no rain for several weeks, the group wished the rain had held off for a few more hours. Because of the recent dry spell, there were not many mushrooms available. However, walk leader Mike Ott and Club Identifier Dick Dougall found nearly twenty different mushrooms.
Valerie Baker found the most unique find. This was Conifer Parchment (Peniophora gigantea) on a dead pine log. Its new name is Phlebiopsis gigantea. It appears to look like a smear of bluish paint over a section of the log. We will be checking, but this appears to be a new mushroom for our Life List.
Enough Smooth Chanterelles were found to fill one of our larger ID “boats.” These will make a tasty meal for two of the participants. A number of small turkey-tail like mushrooms were found. Due to the recent dry conditions, even the number of Russulas found was very limited.
Identified by Mike Ott and Dick Dougall. Species list entered by Dick Dougall.
List of species found on the walk at North Park:
(Smooth chanterelle), Cantharellus lateritius
(Mossy Maze Polypore), Cerrena unicolor
(Flat Crep), Crepidotus applanatus
(Artist’s Conk), Ganoderma applanatum
(Oak-loving Collybia), Gymnopus dryophilus
(Bolete Mold), Hypomyces chrysospermus
(Pinwheel Marasmius), Marasmius rotula
(Oyster Mushroom), Pleurotus ostreatus
(Deer mushroom), Pluteus cervinus
(Black-footed Polypore), Polyporus badius
(Hexagonal-pored Polypore), Neofavolus alveolaris
(Purple-bloom Russula), Russula mariae
(Pigskin Poison Puffball), Scleroderma citrinum
(False Turkey-tail), Stereum ostrea
(), Trametes hirsuta
(Turkey-tail), Trametes versicolor
(Violet Toothed-Polypore), Trichaptum biforme
(White Cheese Polypore) Tyromyces chioneus
Species not currently on clubs life list:
Phlebiopsis gigantea (Conifer Parchment)
Several Tannish or Whitish Russulas
Pictures by Dick Dougall: