A group of Friends of Murrysville Parks and club members joined us for a walk at Townsend park. It was a sunny day and a great time to be in the park. After the recent dry spell the rain has come back to Pittsburgh and we are starting to see a few more terrestrial mushrooms although no amanitas and only one bolete and russula species on this walk. There were a number of interesting mushrooms including an unknown Trametesthat bruised a pink orange on picking , the psilocybin containing Pluteus americanus showing blue bruising on the stem and the delicate Elder Whitewash crust mushroom Lyomyces sambuci that Judy identified and is new to the clubs life list. We would like to thank everyone for being conscientious by wearing masks and social distancing which makes these walks possible.

Update: The Trametes species is actually Steccherinum ochraceum Ochre Spreading Tooth. We did not recognize the morphology (shape) of the specimen.

Update 2: One of the foragers found a tiny slime mold on a stick. This has now been identified as Physarum globuliferum at it is the first time it has been found or identified by the club.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Judy Mackenroth and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Townsend park:
Agaricus campestris (Meadow Mushroom / Field Mushroom),
Armillaria gallica (Honey Mushroom),
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Boletinellus merulioides (Ash-tree Bolete),
Conocybe tenera (Brown Dunce Cap),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Ductifera pululahuana (White jelly fungus),
Fomitopsis spraguei (Green Cheese Polypore),
Ganoderma lobatum (Soft Artist’s Conk),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lepiota aspera (Freckled Dapperling),
Lepiota cristata (Malodorous Lepiota),
Leucoagaricus americanus (Reddening Lepiota),
Leucocoprinus cepistipes (Onion-stalk Parasol),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Perenniporia robiniophila (Locust polypore),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Pluteus americanus (),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Radulomyces copelandii (Asian beauty),
Rickenella fibula (Orange Moss Agaric),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Simocybe centunculus (Dingy Twiglet),
Steccherinum ochraceum (),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),)
Tetrapyrgos nigripes (Black-footed Marasmus),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes pubescens (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Incoybe sp.
Red Russula species

Lyomyces sambuci (Elder whitewash),
Leucocoprinus birnbaumii (),

Slime mold Physarum globuliferum

Pictures by Richard Jacob