Walk leaders John Pilschke III and Scott Pavelle. Last year we found a lot of boletes in one area of the park so we went back for a return visit. Boletes were found but not in the same numbers. Even so many of the 20 or so people on the walk found some edible boletes to take home with them. The most abundant edible bolete was probably the Boletus separans (Lilac Bolete). A few early Chanterelles were also found. We did a quick identification of other species collected on the walk and include an incomplete list here.

A very interesting non bolete mushroom was also found, Podostroma alutaceum. I originally thought it was one of the club shaped coral mushroom but John Pilschke III suggested an entirely different phyla, Ascomycota. Sure enough a section on the microscope showed asci (sac’s) containing 16 small spores. A little bit of research led me to this interesting article on a very dangerous relative, Podostroma cornu-damae. The Podostroma alutaceum is by all accounts benign and as far as I am aware this is the first time it has been recorded by the club.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Identified by Richard Jacob, John Pilschke III, Scott Pavelle and Jim Tunney.

List of species found on the walk at Pine Ridge Park Bolete walk:
Agaricus arvensis (Horse Mushroom),
Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust),
Amanita farinosa (Powder Cap Amanita),
Amanita rubescens (Blusher),
Baorangia bicolor (Red-and-yellow Bolete; Bicolor Bolete),
Boletus separans (Lilac Bolete),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Cantharellus cibarius (Common Chanterelle; Golden Chanterelle),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Cantharellus minor (Small Chanterelle),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Clavaria zollingeri (violet coral),
Clavulinopsis aurantiocinnabarina (Spindle Shaped orange Coral),
Clavulinopsis fusiformis (Spindle Shaped Yellow Coral),
Galiella rufa (Hairy Rubber Cup),
Gyroporus castaneus (Chestnut Bolete),
Hygrophorus cantharellus (),
Hygrophorus conicus (Witch’s Hat),
Hygrophorus marginatus var. concolor (),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Hypomyces hyalinus (Amanita Mold),
Hypomyces luteovirens (),
Leccinum albellum (),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mutinus elegans (Elegant Stinkhorn),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Podostroma alutaceum (),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Russula crustosa (Green Quilt Russula),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Tremellodendron pallidum (Jellied False Coral),
Tylopilus alboater (Black Velvet Bolete),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xanthoconium affine (Spotted Bolete)

Photos by Richard Jacob