Manning Park  -  British Columbia

I made a forays to the west in 1998 and 1999.  I was traveling with an amiable companion Jim Ginns, formerly of Central Experiment Farm, Ottawa who now resides in Penticton BC.  We travelled down into Idaho then into Washington and all the way west to the Olympic penisula.  Unfortunately both years were very dry and we found very few fungi even on the Olympic peninsula which is usually exceptional for mushroom collecting in September/October.   The 1998 trip was a complete dry out and if it hadn't been for Manning Park in British Columbia the 1999 trip would have also been a   mycological write off although I did enjoy the travel, the company and the hospitality at Penticton by Ann, Jim and a pack of friendly dogs.

    We were lucky also that Manning Park  had both motel and restaurant facilities and a good assortment of trails and we spent a few days foraging around.  I try to get photographs of something interesting that I haven't seen before or get a better shots of things that I already have.  Jim and I were lucky in both respects.  Here are a few of the fungi we found.

  Sarcodon imbricatus

We found an abundance of Sarcodon imbricatus in prime condition.

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We kept finding better and better specimens but as is always the way when you have too many choices you don't always get the picture you wanted.  This one, however, shows the essential features and is certainly  a lot better than the one in my book!

Hygrophoropsis olida.

This is a beautiful rose pink species and looked remarkably attractive against the green of the surrounding mosses.   This is the first time I have found it and although it has been reported from eastern Canada before I have not seen it in Northeastern North America. It is also known from western Europe.   This mushroom is illustrated in some North American and European field guides but few of the pictures do it justice.

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Tectella patellaris

Jim Ginns found this unusual gill fungus growing on a hardwood branch.

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This species also known under the name Panellus patellaris and as you might suspect is white-spored.  The pendant, cone-shaped fruitbodies are attached by short, stubby stalks to the branch.  The young developing gills are protected by a membranous veil and you can see remnants of this on the younger fruitbodies.  This is another mushrooms that is not well illustrated in the guides.  This species is also reported from the east but I haven't seen it.


Manning Park is also very good for tooth fungi and we found a number of these including the bright rusty orange Hydnellum aurantiacum .

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and the blue-banded Hydnellum whatever!

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I don't know what to call this.  All the descriptions I've seen for H. caeruleum describe a brownish stalk  and H. suaveolans doesn't have a violet/white banded cap. So!  But you have to admit its a pretty colour.