About 20 people joined walk leader Richard Jacob and took the woods. It was a nice change to have a dry weekend. We explored “mushroom valley” finding a variety of small species before lopping back through the oak forest and picking up Russula vinacea the first Russula species of the season. There were a couple of unknowns at the end of the walk. A dark brown cap, stem and gilled mushroom looked like it should be easy to identify. After flicking through the Lincoff Audubon guide I was pretty sure I had a match. A drop of Ammonia or KOH to the cap generated a nice green (green blue) reaction which confirmed the identification as Gymnopus alkalivirens. There was a leafy jelly mushroom too, Tremella foliacea (Jelly Leaf). Finally, there is one other interesting ascomycetes on a stick that has now been ID’ed as Colpoma quercinum.

Species list entered by Adam Hartian, Dick Dougall, John Stuart, Judy Mackenroth and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Spring walk at Hartwood acres:
Agrocybe pediades (Hemispheric Agrocybe),
Aleurodiscus wakefieldiae (Hophornbeam Disc),
Allodus podophylli (Mayapple Rust),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Colpoma quercinum (),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Dacrymyces capitatus (),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Fomitopsis spraguei (Green Cheese Polypore),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Gymnopus alkalivirens (),
Lacrymaria velutina (Weeping widow),
Laetiporus cincinnatus (White-Pored Chicken of the Woods ),
Megacollybia rodmani (Platterful Mushroom),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena inclinata (Clustered bonnet / oak-stump bonnet cap),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Parasola plicatilis (Japanese Umbrella Inky),
Peziza badio-confusa (Common Brown Cup),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Rickenella fibula (Orange Moss Agaric),
Russula vinacea (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Schizopora paradoxa (),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella foliacea (Jelly Leaf),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tubaria furfuracea (Fringed Tubaria),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)