The Asheville Mushroom Club is a diverse group of people whose common interest is to learn about fungi. Anyone with an interest in mushrooms is encouraged to join!

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Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are open to the public and feature a guest speaker and recent area finds.

Time & Date

7:00 PM on the last Thursday of the month, March through November. (We have an extra meeting in August! April and July meetings will start at 7:15 PM.)

New Location for 2019!

The Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center.
It is located at 749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Speaker Program

June 2019: Tradd Cotter.
The Blue Portal: Mushroom Mountain's New Healing Center and Psilocybin Research Facility in Jamaica.

2019 Schedule
Date Speaker
March 28 Greg Carter
April 25 William Padilla-Brown
May 30 Dr. Coleman McCleneghan
June 27 Tradd Cotter
July 25 Mike Hopping
August 22 Giuliana Furci
August 29 Rachel Swenie
September 26 Brian Looney
October 31 John Munafo
November 28 Annual Business Meeting. Current members only.

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Forays

Members of the Club are eligible to participate in the many forays we host throughout the year.

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Newsletter

Each month members are emailed a copy of Sporadic News containing all the latest club info.

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Event Summaries

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Recipes

Delicious ways to cook your favorite fungi.

Foray Leader: Sheila & Ginger
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Twenty-eight members attended the foray, including several first-timers. The weather was good, after a lot of rain. We split into two groups: Ginger’s went along the ridge to the north east and back, while Sheila took her group down the steep trail and eventually back up the longer but gentler gravel track to the trail head. We set up tables behind the trail information kiosk and unloaded a lot of species – good hunting, everyone! Lunch was eaten, slightly uncomfortably by those who had not had the forethought to bring camp chairs, and we set out to identify our haul.

Fortunately we had plenty of ID talent on hand. In addition to veterans Mike Hopping and Charlotte Caplan, several members of the ID training group - Gwen Casebeer, Dave Jarjoura, Laurie Jaegers, and Frank Bartucca – went to work and showed that they have learned a thing or two! We were able to identify 132 species, including eight that were new to Club records. One of the new records was Boletuis speciosus (Showy Bolete), one of those handsome, red-capped, blueing boletes, with a yellow and red stem, that give us so much trouble. We’ve almost certainly found it before, but never managed to confidently ID it. Frank did some careful work to ID Annulohypoxylon truncatum – an ascomycete looking like little hard blackberries stuck onto a dead branch.

In later correspondence, we decided to create some common names for some distinctive species, to help us remember them in future:

  • Lactarius subplinthogalus is now the Piecrust Milky for its scallop-edged cap
  • Mycena semivestita is henceforward Fuzzy-footed Mycena
  • Cotylidia pannosa will be known (by AMC) as Little Pink Vase

Suggestions for other species are welcome.


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