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:
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Cerrena unicolor (Mossy Maze Polypore),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Phlebiopsis gigantea (Conifer Parchment)
Marasmius specie
Several Tannish or Whitish Russulas

Pictures by Dick Dougall: