A hearty band of about 15 energetic mushroomers led the by Dick Dougall attacked the steep hill in Salamander Park.  Included in the band were Pam Panchak, a photographer, and Zack Hudak, an intern for he Post Gazette.  They were rewarded for their effort by the large number of mushrooms found in level area near the top hill.  Over fifty of the mushrooms found were identified.  Included in the finds were many boletes, chanterelles, and black trumpets, all good edibles.  The list below shows what a large variety of mushrooms can be found in many of our small community parks.

For those of you who came to the WPMC walk at Salamander Park on Saturday, July 11, here’s a link to the Post-Gazette article. The on-line article includes 16 additional photos that don’t appear in the print edition.

Species list entered by Dick Dougall. Identifiers Dick Dougall, LaMonte Yarroll, John Plishke III and Scott Pavelle.

List of species found on the walk at Salamander Park:

Amanita vaginata ( Grisette),
Amanita rubescens ( Blusher),
Boletus campestris ( Field Bolete),
Boletus parasiticus ( Parasitic Bolete),
Boletus vermiculosoides ( ),
Cantharellus cibarius ( Common Chanterelle; Golden Chanterelle),
Cantharellus cinnabarinus ( Cinnabar-red Chanterelle),
Cantharellus lateritius ( Smooth chanterelle),
Cantharellus minor ( Small Chanterelle),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa ( Coral Slime),
Clavicorona pyxidata ( Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Craterellus fallax ( Black Trumpet),
Entoloma sinuatum (),
Fomitopsis spraguei ( Green Cheese Polypore),
Gymnopus subnudus (),
Gyroporus castaneus ( Chestnut Bolete),
Hypomyces chrysospermus ( Bolete Mold),
Hypomyces melanocarpus (),
Inocybe tahquamenonensis ( ),
Inonotus dryadeus ( ),
Laccaria amethystina ( Amethyst Tallow-gill),
Lactarius gerardii ( ),
Lactarius hygrophoroides ( Hygrophorus Milky),
Lactarius quietus ( ),
Lepiota crystata ( ),
Lycogala epidendrum ( Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Lycoperdon pyriforme ( Pear-shaped Puffball),
Macrolepiota procera ( ),
Marasmiellus nigripes ( Black-footed Marasmus),
Marasmius capillaris ( ),
Marasmius rotula ( Pinwheel Marasmius),
Marasmius sullivantii ( ),
Mycena leaiana ( Orange Mycena),
Mycogone Rosea (),
Phlebia incarnata ( ),
Pleurotus pulmonarius ( Summer Oyster),
Polyporus elegans ( Elegant Polypore),
Russula redolens ( ),
Russula silvicola ( Dry Woods Russula),
Schizophyllum commune ( Split Gill),
Scleroderma citrinum ( Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Stereum complicatum ( Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea ( False Turkey-tail),
Strobilomyces floccopus ( Old Man-of-the-woods),
Thelephora palmata ( ),
Trametes versicolor ( Turkey-tail),
Tremellodendron pallidum ( Jellied False Coral),
Trichaptum biforme ( Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tylopilus plumbeoviolaceous ( Violet Brown Bolete),
Tylopilus rubrobrunneus ( Reddish-Brown Bitter Bolete),
Xanthoconium affine ( )
Xylaria longipes ( )

Pictures by Adam Haritan and Richard Jacob.