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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.


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Naematoloma sublateritium

AKA: Brick caps

Well we’re getting to the famine season fungally speaking, but if one looks carefully there is still food out there. A brisk late autumn walk could yield a brick cap bonanza. I don’t recommend this one for the newbie, but if your identification skills are up to par keep the brick caps in mind.

Look for brick red caps fruiting on deciduous stumps and/or logs. The caps are convex to flat with an in rolled margin. They have a partial cobwebby veil similar to Cortinarius species. The gills are attached and white to grayish purple in color. I have never seen brick caps growing singly, always in clusters.

There is a related species (capnoides) that is also edible. It has an orange cap and grows on conifer wood. Just be sure to avoid the poisonous N. fasciculare and be doubly sure you haven’t picked the deadly Gallerina. I’ve seen all of these growing in the past few days with the exception of N. capnoides.

The caps are usually small (1.5 inches or so, rarely more than 4 inches) so it takes several to make a meal. Younger specimens are much more flavorful than the older caps so pick only the buttons if you can.

Enjoy those brisk late autumn walks and later one of the best late fall edibles.

Steve Peek
Field mycologist and long standing member of the Asheville Mushroom 


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