Botany Outing Report: Mushrooms, Oct 16th, 2017

Greetings all,
Although it was unfortunate that Shannon was unable to join us on Monday due to illness and the weather was less than ideal, we did have a productive gathering over lunch, thanks to all the contributions of specimens.  The slides illustrate what we looked at- Polypores and Inky caps being prominent.   I have typed up a list (Mushroom list – Botany Group Oct 16-17) of what we had in the trays – you can look them up on E-flora for illustrations and species descriptions.

I took  a spore print (see photo) of one of the medium sized white mushrooms ( brought by Ruth) that looked as if it could be an agaric, but its white spore  rather than dark, together with the persistent ring around the stipe, confirmed that it was Leucoagaricus leucothites ( the “leuco”- part  from the Greek for white).

We did venture out a few paces from the house to see the Earthstars under the Red Cedar. They are one of the more unusual fungi around.  See photo attached.

Further to the fleshy orange mushroom that was found beside the trail to Battleship Lake, my original ID as Echinodontium tinctorium is not correct. I sent photos to Shannon and she thinks it is likely Pycnoporellus alboluteus  – and indeed the description and photos of that in E-flora look closer to what we have.  I’ll send her a small piece so that she can examine it under the microscope and confirm.  The Echinodontium was interesting for its uses by First Nations, such as face paint and according to Nancy Turner’s sources in a salve to protect the skin from sunburn or insect bites,  but the growth pattern did not quite fit.  And in this case a spore print would have been tricky to obtain.

Out next gathering will be on November 13th –  if you have any requests or suggestions for a venue and focus, please let me know. We could try Nymph Falls or Seal Bay Park for mushrooms, since the recent downpours might have provided enough moisture to entice some fungi to send up their fruiting bodies.

Alison

     

  

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday, Nov 5th 2017, Nymph Fall Park

Nov 5, Sunday: Dulce Hamilton Mushroom Public Walk, Nymph Falls Park

This walk is in memory of Dulce Hamilton, and long-term member of CVN who died last year, and this was one of her favorite walks. Alison and Loys will lead an autumn mushroom walk along the shores of Puntledge River at Nymph falls in this very popular Public walk. Participants will meet at the main entrance of Nymph falls Regional Park on Forbidden Plateau road at 9 am.

The walk is on forest trails, and includes a gentle incline on the way out as you go upstream. Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. The walk will be about 3 hours long, with many stops to observe the various fungi along the paths.

Note that there is no access to Forbidden Plateau Road form the new highway; you will have to access the road from Piercy Road. This public walk is limited to 40 people.

A link to the Park trail map is here: http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/assets/Community/Documents/Parks/Nymph_Falls_map_30x21.pdf

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday, Oct 29th 2017, Ruth Masters Greenway

Oct 29, Sunday: Ruth Masters Greenway, Powerhouse Road Entrance

Loys will lead a walk through the Ruth Masters Greenway and along the Puntledge River.  Meet at Powerhouse Road Park entrance to Ruth Masters Greenway. Entrance is on the east side of Powerhouse Road, between 1st Street and Mellifera Place.

For many years Ruth was an active member of CVNS, and 18 acres of this park was donated to residents of the Comox Valley in care of the Comox Valley Land Trust and the Land Conservancy of BC. The walk is flat alongside the river, but there is one moderately steep hill getting down from the parking lot.

To learn more about Ruth Masters and her history, check out this link to an interview done in 2014.

http://laketrailstories.ca/ruth-masters/

To get further details on the Greenway and is nearby parks, check out the CVNS web page here:

http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/6-comox-lakepuntledge-river-area/puntledge-park/

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, Oct 21st 2017, Buttle Lake Mushroom Outing

Oct 21, Saturday, Buttle Lake Mushroom Outing, Carpool at Country Market, 8 am

Darkis Lake is at the north end of Buttle Lake, along Highway 28, with access via the Buttle Lake Campsite. We will be meeting at the Courtenay Country Market, 5352 North Island Highway at 8:00 am to car pool. Please note the early start.

 

http://bcnatureguide.ca/bc-nature-viewing-areas/vancouver-island-region/gold-river-area/1-darkis-lake/

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