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.


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


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Boletus separans

The lilac bolete, Boletus separans, formerly Xanthoconium separans, is associated with woodland oaks. It’s medium to large in size, has a dry, lumpy cap that starts pinkish brown or light brown and matures to honey brown. The stalk is whitish overall but typically flushed with lilac in youth and shows white reticulation (raised net texture) over much of its length. Early on, the pore surface is white and featureless. When the pores open the surface gradually turns pale yellow from the yellowish brown spores. No part of the mushroom changes color when bruised. The odor and taste of the raw flesh is pleasant, not bitter or acidic. This cousin of the king bolete is a choice edible when young, firm, and relatively bug-free. Lookalikes include the also edible Boletus nobilis, which lacks the youthful lilac shades. So does Xerocomus (Boletus) hortonii, but it has yellow pores from the start.

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