WPMC attend the third BioBlitz held by Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park. There was some early rain but the weather did not follow some of the forecasting and the really heavy rain stayed away until after the event. We held two walks in the afternoon attended by about 25 people total. We took the first group down to Panther Hollow finding a variety of species including many of the smaller specimens like the  slime molds and small ascomycetes Eyelash Cup mushrooms.  The second walk was around mature oaks surrounded by grass in the park opposite Phipps where we found the larger mycorrhizal species. There were a number of species that had not been previously identified by the club before. Many of the mycorrhizal species seem to be about 3 weeks ahead of an average season. I have only seen the Amanita minutula (nom provisional) at Harrison Hills park so it was great to find it at a different location. We had had enough time during the day to ID a red capped Russula that falls to bits when you pick it up, Russula tenuiceps, this was new to us but probably grows everywhere. We also identified Inocybe unicolor which was formally known as Inocybe caesariata but that’s the European name.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Richard Jacob, Jim Wasik and LaMonte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Phipps BioBlitz:
[icon style=”camera”] Amanita amerirubescens (),
[icon style=”camera”] Amanita cokeri (Coker’s Amanita),
[icon style=”camera”] Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
[icon style=”camera”] Amanita minutula (),
[icon style=”camera”] Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
[icon style=”camera”] Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
[icon style=”camera”] Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
[icon style=”camera”] Datronia mollis (),
[icon style=”camera”] Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
[icon style=”camera”] Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
[icon style=”camera”] Gloeoporus dichrous (),
[icon style=”camera”] Hypomyces hyalinus (Amanita Mold),
[icon style=”camera”] Inocybe rimosa (Straw-colored Fiber-head),
[icon style=”camera”] Lactarius quietus var. incanus (),
[icon style=”camera”] Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
[icon style=”camera”] Leucogloea compressa (),
[icon style=”camera”] Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
[icon style=”camera”] Marasmius pulcherripes (),
[icon style=”camera”] Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
[icon style=”camera”] Panaeolus foenisecii (The Lawn Mowers Mushroom),
[icon style=”camera”] Panus conchatus (),
[icon style=”camera”] Phellinus robiniae (),
[icon style=”camera”] Pleurocybella porrigens (Angel-wing Mushroom),
[icon style=”camera”] Polyporus elegans (Elegant Polypore),
[icon style=”camera”] Psathyrella candolleana (),
[icon style=”camera”] Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
[icon style=”camera”] Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
[icon style=”camera”] Russula vinacea (),
[icon style=”camera”] Ruzenia spermoides (),
[icon style=”camera”] Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
[icon style=”camera”] Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
[icon style=”camera”] Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
[icon style=”camera”] Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
[icon style=”camera”] Tylopilus ferrugineus (),
[icon style=”camera”] Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
[icon style=”camera”] Inocybe unicolor (),
[icon style=”camera”] Xylaria vasconica (),
[icon style=”camera”] Russula tenuiceps (),
Small white Coprinus at base of plant.
Small red Russula sp,
Yellowish Russula sp,

Pictures by Richard Jacob