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Fox Lane Middle School 07/11/04

Today's woodland walk was led by Sue Rose. Sue and husband Dave brought along cardboard box brimming over with the deliciously edible Pleurotus ostreatus to share with walk participants. The freshly plucked Oyster Mushrooms were collected from a stump in their backyard. While the walk 'pickings' were minimal we did find some lovely fungal specimens and even a few that were unusual for us to encounter. Marge found a gorgeous Stropharia rugosoannulata and an unidentifiable Amanita. She and Sue spotted several boletes partisitized by the ascomycete Hypomyces chrysospermus. The nutty flavored Gyroporus casteneus was sprouting up in a couple of places along the pond trail. That is where we also discovered the tiniest specimens of Sarcoscypha occidentalis, a brilliant red stalked cup ascomycete. But the find that on its own made the whole walk worth while was the discovery of several islands of Hohenbuehelia petaloides, the Leaflike Oyster, identified correctly by Dave Rose, who like the rest of us had never before seen this particlar mushroom.
Pleurotus ostreatus
Pleurotus ostreatus
Sarcoscypha occidentalis
Sarcoscypha occidentalis
Hohenbuehelia petaloides
Hohenbuehelia petaloides