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.


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

p phyllogena

Photo credit: Mike Hopping

The common brown cup mushroom of springtime, found growing on rich woodland soil or decaying wood, is imaginatively known as the Common Brown Cup, or Peziza phyllogena (formerly P. badioconfusa). This species is, wait for it . . . brown inside and out, perhaps tinged with pink, purple, or olive. Size ranges from 3-15 cm. The cups flatten and become raggedy with age due to thin, brittle flesh. Inner surfaces are smoother than the granular exterior texture. There is no stalk, but the point of attachment to the mycelium hidden in the food source is small and central. Smell and taste are not distinctive. Blowing across the top of the cup might release a smoky puff of spores. Common Brown Cups are said to be edible, but I haven’t tried them.

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