This is the first “secret walk” that we held in order to comply with a limit of 25 people in the group and maintaining social distancing etc. It was also the first walk of the year! A June walk at Deer Lakes park is named in memory of Dorothy Fornof, one of the clubs founders, a keen naturalist and accomplished mycologist. Normally by the end of June the mushrooms are popping and we find a wide range of species. Amanitas, Boletes and Russulas all make an appearance. We typically find the first of the seasons black trumpets and chanterelles too. We did find a few of everything, except black trumpets, but only one or two specimens of one or two species of each genus so the resulting list is shorter than normal. The top part of the walk was dry and unproductive apart from last years remains of true and false turkey tail etc. Down by the lake and along the creek was damper and we found more variety there including a number of slime molds.
Species list identified and entered by Richard Jacob.
List of species found on the walk at Secret walk at Deer Lakes – Dorothy Fornof foray:
(Mayapple Rust), Allodus podophylli
(American Orange-Brown Ringless Amanita), Amanita amerifulva
(Yellow Patches), Amanita flavoconia
(Clustered Brown Bolete), Aureoboletus innixus
(Red-Mouth Bolete), Boletus subvelutipes
(), Cantharellus flavolateritius
(Coral Slime), Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa
(Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore), Cerioporus squamosus
(White Dunce Cap), Conocybe lactea
(Flat Crep), Crepidotus applanatus
(Jelly Crep/Soft Stumpfoot), Crepidotus mollis
(Common Tarcrust Fungus), Diatrype stigma
(Scrambled-egg Slime; Dog Vomit Slime), Fuligo septica
(), Hemitrichia calyculata
(Bolete Mold), Hypomyces chrysospermus
(Oak Bracket), Inonotus dryadeus
(Milk-white Toothed-Polypore), Irpex lacteus
(Weeping widow), Lacrymaria velutina
(Pinwheel Marasmius), Marasmius rotula
(Platterful Mushroom), Megacollybia rodmanii
(Hexagonal-pored Polypore), Neofavolus alveolaris
(), Orbilia xanthostigma
(Spring Polypore), Polyporus arcularius
(), Polyporus varius
(), Psathyrella candolleana
(Orange Moss Agaric), Rickenella fibula
(), Russula vinacea
(Split Gill), Schizophyllum commune
(False Turkey-tail), Stereum ostrea
(Turkey-tail), Trametes versicolor
(Violet Toothed-Polypore), Trichaptum biforme
(Raspberry slime mold) Tubifera ferruginosa
Species not currently on clubs life list:
Honey mushroom rhizomorph
Scutellinia sp. – will be ID’ed by microscope.
Old Laetiporus sulphureus
Dried up Hydnellum sp.
Richard: Thank you so much for an enjoyable and informative walk!!