Last weekend, Aug 17-18, the Arizona Mushroom Club had its first foray of the season in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Turnout was excellent, with nearly 60 people and almost 30 cars the first day. For much of the day the group was split in two, lest the parking areas and hunting grounds be overwhelmed. The group was slightly smaller the following day, but no less enthusiastic. Saturday night, there was a convivial dinner at the Java Blues restaurant in Springerville.
As usual the foray was led by Dr. Chester Leathers, who held court as members’ discoveries were brought before him for identification and discussion. He is a born teacher and raconteur, and the many scraps that fell from his overloaded table of knowledge were eagerly devoured by the club members.
The first day was an expedition to Hannagan Meadow and Big Lake, while the second day the group traveled out FR 117 north of Sunrise to the vicinity of Greens Peak. Most people successfully encountered edible mushrooms in quantities worth gathering, especially boletes. Chanterelles were rare but a few were found. A number of other noteworthy species not suited for the table were identified as well. A partial list of species follows the photo gallery below.
If you were on the trip and want to submit photographs via our contact form, they will happily be added to the photo gallery. If you notice any errors or omissions on the species listing or photo descriptions, please use the same form to point them out.
See you all at the next foray, possibly late August/early September. Keep watching the AMC events page closely for any announcements.
A partial species list from this foray:
- King bolete/porcini, Boletus edulis
- Barrows’ bolete, Boletus barrowsii
- Chanterelle, Cantharellus cibarius
- Cauliflower mushroom, Sparassis crispa
- Lobster mushroom, Hypomyces lactofluorum
- Shaggy mane, Coprinus comatus
- Hawk wing/scaly hedgehog, Hydnum imbricatum (a.k.a. Sarcodon imbricatus)
- Southwestern Caesar’s amanita, Amanita caesarea/A. cochiseana
- Slippery jack, Suillus granulatus/S. lakei
- Various Russulas, Russula spp.
- Saffron milk cap, Lactarius deliciosus
- Turkey tails, Trametes versicolor
- Fly agaric, Amanita muscaria
- Horse mushroom, Agaricus arvensis
- Grisette, Amanita vaginata
- Aspen bolete, Leccinum insigne
- Coral mushroom, Ramaria spp.
- Cortinarius spp.
- Honey mushrooms, Armillaria mellea
- Leucopaxillus spp.
- Oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreata
- False chanterelle, Gomphus floccosus
- Shaggy pholiota, Pholiota squarrosa
- Puffballs, Lycoperdon/Calvatia spp.
- Inky cap, Coprinus atramentarius
- Deer mushroom, Pluteus cervinus
- Blushing amanita, Amanita rubescens
- Sheep polypore, Albatrella ovinus
- Panther amanita, Amanita pantherina
- Floccularia straminea
- Artist’s conk, Ganoderma applanatum
- Witch’s hat, Hygrocybe conica