Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The New River Valley Mushroom Club Explores Wildwood Park

Here is a report on The New River Valley Mushroom Club's event at Wildwood Park [Radford, Virginia] on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 17th.

17 people gathered, with members from Pathways for Radford and BRDC as well as the mushroom club. We spent a lot of time together with all our books identifying specimens for Gary Cote's existing inventory of species found in the park. These are pictures of some of the mushrooms and people present. The mushrooms pictured were very tiny in reality, all standing at less than 3cm tall. It is amazing what oft-overlooked things can be found with 17 pairs of eyes trained onto the little details of this fascinating kingdom!

List of Species observed:

Coprinus comatus
the Shaggy Mane

Trichaptum biformis the Violet Toothed Polypore

Stereum complicatum Crowded Parchment

Daldinia concentrica Carbon Balls

Scutellinia scutellata the Eyelash Cup

Lycoperdon pyriforme the Pear-Shaped Puffball

Galerina autumnalis the Deadly Galerina

Auricularia auricula the Wood Ear

Polyporus squamosus Dryad's Saddle

Mycena luteopallens the Walnut Mycena

Steccherinum ochraceum Ochre Spreading Tooth

Dasyscyphus virgineus

Lepiota josserandii the Deadly Parasol

Coprinus atramentarius the Alcohol Inky Cap

Xylobolus frustulatus the Ceramic Fungus

-Becky Rader

1 comment:

  1. Becky,

    This is exciting...I need to learn so much more about the 'shrooms'. Having 34 eyes reminds me of how many outdoor explorations benefit by shared attention, such as birding with ears and eyes.
    Thank you for this post, and adding your passion to this blog!