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.

Location

The US Forest Service building.
It is located at 160 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

2019 Schedule

Monthly meetings are done for the year, they will resume in March of 2019. We will post updated speaker information once next year's speakers are lined up. Have a wonder winter!

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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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Sherwood Forest Foray

Date: July 5, 2017
Leader: Charlotte Caplan

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A new site for us, this 60-year-old private community a few miles south of Brevard has 300 acres of conserved forest at around 3000 ft elevation. With two residents as our guides, 15 AMC members explored a network of easy trails through this beautiful forest, apparently untouched by erosion or invasive species. The forest types were mainly acidic cove (not too much rhododendron), with some rich cove. After some fairly dry weather, the area had received heavy rains in the previous week. Mushrooms were not overwhelmingly plentiful but very varied, with many small leaf and wood decomposers along with a few of the larger mycorrhizal species, and one splendid Berkeley’s Polypore, about 18” across and still expanding. According to our guides, the number of mushrooms can rise enormously as the summer progresses.

After two hours in the forest, we returned to the rustic Robin Hood Barn where we ate lunch and set out our finds on well shaded picnic tables. Ginger Fisher brought the best home-made cookies ever. Mike Hopping led the ID process – he is getting awfully good at the LBM’s these days – but almost everyone helped. A number of other residents dropped by to view our finds and ask questions.

We found and identified 102 species – a very good total for so early in the season. One species was new to the club: a smallish, greyish, uncharismatic waxy cap that Frank Bartucca was able to identify as Hygrocybe hymenocephala.

Altogether a delightful foray in a place we should definitely aim to revisit.


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