Thanks to the hardcore crew of dedicated mushroom hunters that came out on a very cold Sunday. Starting temperature was about 20F and it warmed up to freezing, 32F. Due to personal travel reasons the walk was held approximately one week early that originally planned. This was the first real cold snap of the fall/winter and as it had been unseasonably warm up to this point caught quite a few mushrooms in the snow and ice. We started with a walk down into mushroom valley and found a good selection of fall species. There were some perfect looking Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina) and Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top) that had been frozen in place and covered under a layer of snow, plus lots of more solid wood rotters like Daldinia childiae (Carbon Balls) and Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment). Over at the other side of the park in some conifers we found a handful of additional species like Scleroderma areolatum (Leopard Earthball) and an old Phaeolus schweinitzii (Dyer’s pollypore). We had one very keen young boy with sharp eyes with us who found the smallest mushroom of the day, Mollisia cinerea (Common Grey Disco Fungus).

There was an interesting wasp gall find too, Callirhytis lanata (Woolly Oak Gall Wasp) that was indeed nice and woolly.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Sara Klingensmith and Richard Jacob.

[icon style=”camera”] Camarops petersii (Dog Nose fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Dacrymyces stillatus (Jelly Spot Fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Daldinia childiae (Carbon Balls),
[icon style=”camera”] Diatrype stigma (Common Tarcrust Fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Exidia crenata (Brown jelly roll),
[icon style=”camera”] Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
[icon style=”camera”] Hymenochaete rubiginosa (Oak Curtain Crust fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
[icon style=”camera”] Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Mollisia cinerea (Common Grey Disco Fungus)
[icon style=”camera”] Mycena inclinata (Clustered bonnet / oak-stump bonnet cap),
[icon style=”camera”] Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
[icon style=”camera”] Phaeolus schweinitzii (Dyer’s pollypore or velvet-top fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Phlebia tremellosa (),
[icon style=”camera”] Scleroderma areolatum (Leopard Earthball),
[icon style=”camera”] Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
[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”] Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)
[icon style=”camera”] Xylodon paradoxus (Split Porecrust)

Species missing from list:
Possibly Whalleya microplaca
Psathyrella maybe P. piluliformis