Date: July 29, 2016
Leader: Anastasia Walsh
Twenty AMC members met at the Continental Divide on Charlotte Highway in Gerton for the Florence Nature Preserve foray. We split into three groups led by Charlotte and Mike, Ed and Diego, and Sue and Anastasia; and began our forays at the orange, blue and white trail heads off Little Pisgah Road. Many members found handfuls of edibles, including black trumpets, various species of chanterelles, a few lactarius, and a small chicken of the woods.
The blue trail seemed to yield the best variety of edibles, and the white trail, the least. Boletes were still out in force, although many were decaying following a few hot and dry days before the foray.
We took our collections to the Chestnut Hills Pavilion across from the Gerton Community Center where we had lunch and identified the collections, with Mike and Charlotte in the lead. In addition to a very large number of commonly found species, we also logged an orange dye mushroom called Cortinarius hesleri, a tiny blue-capped mushroom named Mycena subcaerulea, and the fleshy pink oddity, Byssomerulius incarnatus, that grows among dead false turkey tails.