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

May 2019: Dr. Coleman McCleneghan.
An introduction to Fungi in the Southern Appalachians: a closer look at fungal ecology, edible fungi and their toxic friends.

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.

Membership

Become a member to receive our monthly newsletter, sign up for forays, and more!

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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Foray March 31, 2018

Event Date: 2019-03-31

Our first morel foray of 2018 hadn't looked too promising a week earlier. The March 31 date anticipated a faster than usual warmup, which the first three weeks of the month did their best to sabotage. But a string of seventy-degree afternoon highs prior to the event and wildflowers about a week ahead of those in Asheville kept hope alive for thirty-three club members and Morel the dog. We had perfect weather for the trip, chilly in the morning, warming by noon in plenty of welcome sunshine. Wildflowers included banks of Rue Anemone, Violets, Spring Beauty, Bloodroot, late Spice Bush blooms, Wild Geranium, and the first Trilliums.

Some of us did find morels, not a lot of them, and mostly tiny as is typical for this location. A variety of species came in, predominantly Morchella americana (Yellow Morel) but also a few blacks (M. angusticeps) and even a couple of half-decapitated half-free morels (M. punctipes). Unless someone was holding out, the biggest haul relatively speaking was the pictured collection from Brian Pritchett and Swapanthi Nagulpally. The Marks family, on their first try, did well too. Our new Sporadic News person, Susannah Zeveloff, spotted her first yellow morel and also the non-edible Psathyrella pseudovernalis, a species common in Cosby during morel season but seldom noted elsewhere. The only other fresh mushrooms in evidence were young examples of Peziza phyllogena, the Common Brown Cup. We did not see Dryad's Saddle, Cerioporus (Polyporus) squamosus. All in all, Cosby proved once again to be a good way to kick off the AMC foray season.


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