Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Walk leaders Richard Jacob and Pia van de Venne from Friends of Murrysville Parks.

A very wet day! Weather varied from heavy rain to torrential downpour. The mushrooms of course do not care and will be there anyway. Only four of us on this walk as the rain kept everyone else away. The first half of the park we walked through had a lot of ground cover, mushrroms were present but not so many. At about the half way point the forest opened up and we walked into a patch of Cinnabar-red Chanterelles and Small Chanterelles. Down the hillside were quite a few  Old Man-of-the-woods and Blushers.  A little further along the path was a large patch of Voluminous-latex Milky, enough to collect for a meal. Next was a mossy patch with Witch’s Hats and Parrot mushrooms. I haven’t found these mushrooms very many times and they have beautiful colors. We stated to head down the hill and found an area covered in Black Trumpets. Paper bags were shared and we each collected plenty to cook up once we were at home. As we started to walk back to the pavilion the paths had turned into streams and the mud was becoming treacherous. The last find of the day was Golden Gilled Gerronema. We identified as many species as we could before the damp and cold sent us home.

There are questions about the number of actual species in the Strobilomyces genus so the “Strobilomyces floccopus Old Man-of-the-woods speciment was selected for DNA barcoding. As we don’t see Cantharellus cinnabarinus ( Cinnabar-red Chanterelle), Hygrophorus conicus ( Witch’s Hat) or Hygrophorus psittacinus ( Parrot Mushroom) very often they were also selected for barcoding as well.

Identifications by John Plishke III and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Townsend Park:

Allodus podophylli ( Mayapple Rust),
Amanita bisporigera ( Destroying Angel),
Amanita flavorubescens ( Yellow Blusher),
Amanita frostiana ( Frost’s Amanita),
Amanita fulva ( Tawny Grisette),
Amanita rubescens var. alba ( ),
Xanthoconium affine var. maculosus ( Spotted Bolete),
Cantharellus cinnabarinus ( Cinnabar-red Chanterelle),
Cantharellus fallax ( Black Trumpet),
Cantharellus lateritius ( Smooth chanterelle),
Cantharellus minor ( Small Chanterelle),
Clavicorona pyxidata ( Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Crepidotus applanatus ( Flat Crep),
Crucibulum laeve ( White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
Daedaleopsis confragosa ( Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Fomitopsis spraguei ( Green Cheese Polypore),
Ganoderma applanatum ( Artist’s Conk),
Gerronema strombodes ( Golden Gilled Gerronema),
Hygrophorus conicus ( Witch’s Hat),
Hygrophorus psittacinus ( Parrot Mushroom),
Hypholoma fasciculare ( ),
Hypomyces chrysospermus ( Bolete Mold),
Hypomyces hyalinus ( ),
Lactarius volemus ( Voluminous-latex Milky),
Marasmiellus nigripes ( Black-footed Marasmus),
Marasmius opacus ( ),
Marasmius siccus ( ),
Megacollybia platyphylla ( Platterful Mushroom),
Panellus stipticus ( Luminescent Panellus),
Phylloporus rhodoxanthus ( Gilled Bolete),
Pleurotus ostreatus ( Oyster Mushroom),
Pluteus cervinus ( Fawn (Deer) Mushroom),
Polyporus badius ( Black-footed Polypore),
Rickenella fibula ( Orange Moss Agaric),
Russula mariae ( Purple-bloom Russula),
Schizophyllum commune ( Split Gill),
Stereum complicatum ( Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea ( False Turkey-tail),
Strobilomyces floccopus ( Old Man-of-the-woods),
Trametes versicolor ( Turkey-tail),
Tremellodendron pallidum ( Jellied False Coral),
Trichaptum biforme ( Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus ( Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Platterful with viral infection

Few pictures of mushrooms in the field as it was so wet.