Another late-season foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club took place on Saturday, Sep. 13, on the Mogollon Rim near Willow Springs Lake. About 30 members and visitors showed up on fairly short notice to take part.
Quantities of edible mushrooms were not great, but some people found decent amounts of boletes, including one of my favorites, Harrya chromapes. This colorful and tasty bolete is a predominantly Eastern species, but its farthest known Western distribution is here on the rim. One lucky teenager found what looked like a whole shopping bag full of chanterelles. The rest of us made do with the odd Leccinum, hawk-wing, honey mushroom, puffball, or Caesar’s amanita.
As the event wound down after lunch, a few of us made our way over to Mingus Mountain outside Prescott, where abundant rains had recently fallen. The flat forested terrain on top was full of mushrooms, mostly Lactarius barrowsii and various uninteresting Russulas, but we also saw a few of Ed Coleman‘s beautiful bronze grisettes in the Amanita vaginata group. I collected a couple of these for amanitologist Debbie Viess, who finds them very interesting. We also got to see the Arizona Hang Gliding Association’s glider port and launch pad, but unfortunately the winds were not conducive to flying that afternoon.
Lots of fun once again, but now the season will be winding down for sure. See you at the Holiday Potluck Party, probably in early December.