Date: August 2, 2016
Leader: Mike Hopping
After a weekend of decent rains, twelve AMC club members met to sample the fruiting fungi along park trails and finish the project before another predicted round of afternoon showers. Soil conditions were perfect for terrestrial mushrooms and poison ivy. We identified sixty-seven species, not including the remains of chicken of the woods and oyster flushes too far gone to collect. Our timing was excellent. Rain began to fall just as we left following the ID session.
Two species are new to the club:
- Agaricus sylvaticus, a cousin of the grocery store button mushroom. It has a brown scaly cap, no bad smell or yellow-staining base, and an affinity for pines.
- Amanita magnivelaris, a very beefy and probably equally deadly cousin of the destroying angel, A. bisporigera .
Rarely found species included:
- Amanita flavorubens, the yellow blusher
- Hapalopilus croceus, a large, hairy, yellow-orange bracket fungus that could be mistaken by the unwary for chicken of the woods. Probably highly poisonous
- Russula earlei, the beeswax Russula, said to be a very primitive (evolutionarily old) Russula species
- Tetrapyrgos nigripes, a white-capped species of parasol mushroom with a fuzzy blue-black stem
- Retiboletus griseus var. fuscus, a dark form of the gray bolete with a greenish black cap and a fully reticulated (netted) stalk stained red, not yellow, at the base
Edible mushrooms were also present, though not in large quantities. These included Lactarius corrugis and L. volemus, three species of chanterelles, and black trumpets.