Forager’s Report – April 15 and 22, 2018

It rained during the week before we went looking for mushrooms at Point Reyes to show at the General Meeting on April 18, but we were not expecting to find much.  Instead, we decided to take a short hike around Limantour and Mount Vision.  As expected, we found very little with the exception of  beautiful specimens of Amanita augusta and Tricholoma saponaceum, as well as one lonely specimen of a candy cap (Lactarius rubidus).  Two LBM completed our haul for that day.

Unfortunately, my Amanitas did not make to the meeting as they were promptly chomped down by larvae.  But I had some babies growing in my garden:  an oyster (Pleorotus ostreatus), a shiitake (Lentinus edodes) and a group of Leratiomyces sp.  . It was a good thing I had some dried turkey tails (Trametes versicolor and betulina), as well as a Fomitopsis pinicola to show.

It was also fortunate that  Kevin had gone foraging too and brought to the table a Chanterelle (Cantharellus formosus), black chanterelles (Craterellus calicornucopioides), and both types of hedgehogs (Hydnum repandum and umbilicatum)  From his garden, he brought some Springtime Amanita (Amanita velosa), one of his favorites.

And then the rains ceased.

Undaunted, decided to join a foray at Salt Point this past weekend and was amazed at the variety found.  The usual edibles were present:  Chanterelle and Black Chanterelle, Hedgehogs of both types (Hydnum repadum and umbilicatum), plenty of candy caps and a few yellow feet (Craterellus tubaeformis sensu CA).  Had to look up the meaning of “sensu,” which translates as “in the sense of.”  A surprise was the appearance of Lactarius both rubrilacteus and aestivus, supposedly only growing in fall and winter.  According to Kingman, the Lactarius aestivus is a really good eat, but somewhat grainy.

The one mushroom missing were the Amanitas, with the exception of a Blushing Bride (Amanita novinupta) half eaten by insects.  The turkey tails (Trametes versicolor and betulina) and false turkey tails (Stereum hirsutum) were not plentiful either, surprising me.  Also surprising was the specimen of a Suillus fuscotomentosus, also a mushroom of the fall and winter.

But then there were:  Leucoagarius (Lepiota-like and, according to George, used to be called Lepiotas), two types of cup fungi (Otidia and Aleuria), Sarcodum imbricatum, Crepidotus mollis, Inocybe cinnamomea, Helvella vespertina, Armillaria mellea and sinapina, Phylloporus arenicola, Polyporus badius, Melanoleuca, three types of Russulas (cremoricolor, fragrantissima, and olivacea), Pluteus cervinus, two dyer’s mushrooms (Phaeollus schweinitzii and Hypholoma fasciculare, also known as sulfur tuft), Psathyrella, Ramaria, Agaricus section menudo (if I understood the name correctly), Mycena pura, a gorgeous specimen of Tricholomopsis rutilens, two large Turbinellus flocossus (which are edibles for some people and toxic to others), Fomitopsis pinicola, Lycoperdum umbrinus, Phytosphorum gilba, Melanoleuca, Gliophorus, Leptonia, Rhodocollybia badiialba, and an amazing number of slimy mushrooms like Leotia lubrica and Hygrocybes (psittacina and laeta).

If I have the names wrong, please understand that any mistakes in identification is a misunderstanding on my part. I am by no means an expert and have to rely on comments from those who know well the subject.

This list of mushrooms we found is by no means complete, but it gives you an idea of how the weather is changing in our part of the world.  What used to be fall mushrooms are now popping up in spring.  I guess mushrooms are adapting to the new normal.

Saludos, Finola

 

PS:  I went up to Salt Pount to find specimens for the tableAt Wednesday’s meeting. Much to my surprise I came home with 5 pounds of Black trumpet, 5 pounds of hedgehog, 5 pounds of yellow feet. Ironically, not much in the way of other mushrooms for the table. Oh well 🙂

Kevin Sadlier

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