Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mushroom Log - Late April 2014

Luminescent Panellus - Panellus stipticus

Fairly common on hardwood logs, but not the easiest to identify.  Some key features:

  • a white spore print
  • when wet, the cap has a brownish ground color, topped with a whitish bloom
  • semi-circular, or kidney shaped cap
  • brownish gills
  • a small stem growing off to the side.  I thought they were stemless at first, because with a casual examination, you might not notice the small stem; I didn't - and it was a pretty casual mushroom hunting walk . . .
  • clustered growth habit, growing in shelves, or rows along the stem
  • it's tough and can revive with moisture after drying out

The gills of this mushroom can glow in that dark, a feature I have never witnessed (hence the name, Luminescent Panellus).

Scarlet Cup - Sacroscypha sp

Two species of Scarlet Cup can be found in the eastern United States (I wonder if they are both in MN?): S. austriaca and S. dudleyi.  They are identical to the naked eye.

Orange Mock Oyster - Phyllotopsis nidulans

Black Jelly Roll- Exidia glandulosa

Bird's Nest Fungus - uncertain species

I think the species is Cyathus striatus, but that fungus is usually pictured with a shaggier exterior. Though I think these are probably left over from last fall (they fruit in the summer), so maybe the shagginess wore off over the winter.

Witches' Margarin - Ductifera pululahuana

This jelly fungus is common in the summer after heavy rain.  I don't think of it as a spring, cool weather fungus (though we've had plenty of rain).

Velvet-foot Mushroom - Flammulina velutipes

A rather sad looking specimen.  Usually they come in clumps.  They can be found in pretty cold weather (including thaws in the middle of winter), but they have been largely absent this spring; usually they are all over the place in the early spring.  Elm stumps are a common place to find them.