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

March 2019: Greg Carter.
Greg Carter of Deepwoods Mushroom Farm will be speaking about the coveted morel mushrooms and giving a cooking demo!

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


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Foray at Pink Beds

Date: July 18, 2015
Leaders: Laurie Jaegers and Frank Bartucca

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The foray on July 18, 2015 to Cataloochee had 25 participants, including the leaders, Laurie Jaegers and Frank Bartucca. Unfortunately, the integrity of the foray was comprised by club members who were found by the leaders to be foraying on the site during the pre-foray site survey on July 17. Alternative areas were added to the foray as a result, in addition to participants being encouraged to search farther off trail.

Maps of the area trails were distributed and the foray split into four groups: three were located in the Pinks Beds environs and one was along the trails of the nearby fish hatchery. Mike Hopping and Jackie Shieb led two respective groups around Pink Beds, and Charlotte led a foray at the nearby fish hatchery. A third group at Pink Beds forayed independently on a remaining trail in the area.

On the day of the foray, the Pink Beds area was hot and humid. The high temperature of the day on July 18 was 88, which was reached shortly after the foray collection process had ended. The previous two weeks had had a spotty amount of rain, with the largest amount of about 0.3 inches on the preceding Tuesday.

After foraying, we ate lunch and set up our identification tables at the reserved picnic shelter, where the identification team set about their work. Mike Hopping and Charlotte Caplan performed the identification process in their usual careful and thorough manner. They were assisted by Laurie Jaegers and Frank Bartucca, who took home a challenging specimen for identification via microscopy. It was later determined to be Lactarius lignyotus

The Pink Beds foray yielded 71 species, none of them new to the club. There was an abundance of Lactarius species, 13 in all, some Amanitas and Russulas, but very few Boletes. We found a substantial amount of Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus), and a nice specimen of the Headlike Cordyceps (Tolypocladium capitatum, formerly Cordyceps capitata), emerging from a deer truffle.

Picnic Shelter

Lactarius lignyotus, stained with Melzer’s reagent. Microscopy and image by Frank Bartucca.

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