Notes: Growing gregariously on a small patch of land in sandy soil under pitch pines.
We stumbled upon the collection site (the first and only one thus far) in the Pine Barrens last year by total serendipity — the fruitbodies were mature (beyond the edible stage) and protruding well above the ground to be noticed from far away. Had we passed through there a few days earlier, we would have never found them. Fortuitously, we arrived there at the right time this year to dig them from the sand covered by pine needle duff.
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has a foray next Sunday, 11/10. I think I’ll try to make the NJMA Pine Barrens foray next year. Or, if things keep happening, maybe I could come down the weekend of the 17th… but that late seems to push the envelope quite a bit.
Thanks for the offer.
A few of us spent over 7 hours in chilly and blustery weather in the Pine Barrens today. Surprisingly, there were lots of mushrooms to keep us busy. The cold spell brought surely them out. This is in sharp contrast to the last three weeks when the woods were virtually devoid of fungus. Everything mycorrhizal got delayed this fall because of the inadequate rainfall and above average temps in October. I was especially concerned about the rain, but apparently there was enough moisture around, at least locally. So far this was the best foray of 2013 in the Barrens.
The ticks were bad in June, but then they suddenly disappeared, and there were none in July through September (we had lots of chiggers though). They reappeared again last month, but nowhere in the same quantity. The ticks are now mature and easy to see, unlike the larval and nymphal stages of early summer.
We should be seeing more mushrooms later this month — the tricholomas are finally coming out. Let me know if you are interested in coming over to NJ — I will talk to the Burghardts to arrange a foray the coming weekend or the next one.
Motivation for me to drive a few hours for one of these Pine Barrens forays :-) Actually, looks like lots of interesting stuff grows in this unique habitat.
How are the ticks this fall? Pretty bad up here in PA right now.
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