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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Join Us for FungiFest 2019!

Saturday, August 31st 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Warren Wilson College.
A daylong celebration of fungi, featuring displays, classes and workshops. More info.

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! October's meeting will take place on the 24th.

New Location for 2019!

The Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center.
It is located at 749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Speaker Program

August 22: Giuliana Furci talks about the fungi of Chile .
August 29: Rachel Swenie talks about Mushrooms with teeth - the history, diversity, and edibility of the mushroom genus Hydnum.

2019 Schedule
Date Speaker
March 28 Greg Carter
April 25 William Padilla-Brown
May 30 Coleman McCleneghan
June 27 Tradd Cotter
July 25 Mike Hopping
August 22 Giuliana Furci
August 29 Rachel Swenie
September 26 Brian Looney
October 24 John Munafo
November 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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Mushroom Spotlight

Learn about our local species.

Event Summaries

See what we've been up to.

Recipes

Delicious ways to cook your favorite fungi.

Foray Leader: Charlotte Caplan
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This was an experimental “pop-up” foray, organized with only a week’s notice after a generous offer from AMC members Carrie & Brandon to host a foray during a blank period on our calendar.

Sixteen members responded to the email and drove down to the “horse country” in Polk County. It was a warm, humid day but no rain in the forecast (for once), and after greeting the adorable puppy, Sophie, and the two friendly horses, we set off straight into the woods behind the house, featuring a big variety of hardwoods with some pines. We followed horse trails that wound around most confusingly but somehow Carrie and Brandon kept us under control despite plenty of distraction from the mushrooms, particularly the wealth of chanterelles. After a couple of hours we staggered back with loaded baskets for lunch and identification on our hosts’ shady porch.

Charlotte acted as principal identifier but got rather out of her depth in a lot of unfamiliar material. Laurie Jaegers, Frank Bartucca, and Dan Manning came to the rescue and we ended up with a more-than-respectable total of 76 identified species, and quite a lot more left on the table. Frank pinned down two insect parasites: Entomophthora muscae (new to the club) on a fly, and Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, an ant specialist, while Charlotte named another new species for the club: Hydnellum ferrugipes, a tooth fungus that features both gray-blue and orange tones. A lively email discussion among ID training group members resulted in the later addition of a third new species: Daedaliopsis septentrionalis, an unusual polypore with branching gills instead of pores. Thanks to Dave Jarjoura for researching it.

Daedaliopsis septentrionalis
Daedaliopsis septentrionalis

Everyone enjoyed themselves and we hope that Carrie & Brandon will have us back next year.

If we do another pop-up foray, anywhere, we need to have a car-pooling location pinned down before the email goes out, but otherwise it worked OK.


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