Gary Lincoff's Stony Brook Walk Report
Posted by pabloski on August 09 2010 10:13
Stony Brook, August 7, 2010
Harriman Park is so dry right now that the park is likely to be closed very soon because of the fire danger. While we found very few mushrooms compared to other years at this location, we were pleased to find a very fresh White Chicken mushroom (Laetiporus Cincinnatus) at the base of a chestnut oak near the beginning of the trail. The other good edibles included a few large choice specimens of the Corrugated Milk Cap (Lactariuscorrugis) anda few small Distant-gilled Milk Cap (Lactariushygrophoroides). We found a dozen or so species of boletes, but few were either fresh or large enough to collect for dinner. There were several small mushrooms pushing up through the dried moss banks, and the mushroom of the day was a red Russula, something close to Russulasilvicola. Altogether we only found about 2 dozen different mushrooms, but considering the conditions, these have to be thought of as the core species that fruit even in dry conditions. As for rain, it must have rained here a week or so ago for the chicken mushroom to fruit and for the baby mushrooms to be pushing up, but except for the red Russulas dotting the slopes along the trail, you wouldn’t have seen any mushrooms today if you were with any of the hiking groups we passed. Another foray to this location is on the schedule for late August. Let’s hope the area gets some good rains between now and then.
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Boletus variipes ?
Russula silvicola ?
Russula sp. (green cap)