Forager’s Report – April 8, 2018

The blessed rains poured on and on during the week and it was time to get out of the house and burn off the cabin fever.  This seemed to be a widespread idea and soon saw an overflowing parking lot for Rock Spring Trailhead on Mount Tam.  W. Ridgecrest Blvd was closed with no explanation, barring the way to the lovely woods at the top of the mountain.  Down by the coast, Stinson Beach was teeming with people and Highway One way was still flooded.  Our final destination was Point Reyes to “see what we could see.”

In one of our usual places on Panoramic Highway, saw an old Russula cremicolor and new ones sprouting up.   We were encouraged by this sighting.

Took Limantour Road to see if our Prince (A. augustus) place had bloomed, but were disappointed.  However, we did find Bolete relatives such as Gomphidius subroseus and two slippery jacks (Suillus pungens).  We also found an oyster tree (Pleurotus ostreatus) which filled our baskets and our soul.  We also found one solitary candy cap (Lactarius rubidus) and one solitary Laccaria lacata in the road to Mount Vision.

But the star of our trip was an Amanita growing in the grass in Bear Valley.  Because the margins in the cap were grooved (sulcate) and it was covered with a white and thick universal veil; the volva was thick, sacklike and spacious; and the stipe had two veil remains,  we thought it was a Coccora (A. vernicoccora).  But since it was white instead of light yellow and it was growing in grass instead of under oaks, we decided it might be a Destroying Angel (A. ocreata).  We definitely did not make a reliable ID so you can see the picture above and help us with the identification.

It was a great day, full of finds and mystery.  The main lesson about the day is:  if you want to find them, you have to go out and look for them.   If you do get out, send us your report so that we can share with our members.

Saludos, Finola

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