Lawn Agaricus (by Bob Sellers)

Mushroom of the Month: November, 2013

Agaricus californicus by Debbie Viess This month’s featured species turns up in the plastic bags of people attending the Fungus Fair perhaps more than any other fleshy fungus. Invariably, hordes of people will be lined up at the mushroom ID table with bags containing fresh to soggy specimens of Agaricus mushrooms they found “growing in my lawn. Are these edible? Will they poison my dog, cat, kids?”

Galerina autumnalis, aka “The Deadly Galerina” (by Douglas Smith)

Mushroom of the Month: October, 2013

G.autumnalis.MO_DouglasSmith.jpg This month we take a look at a little brown job, that is dear to my heart but probably not to most of yours. Galerina autumnalis is a small brown job, growing on well rotten logs and stumps during wet months. And as a small brown job, why do people care at all here, since for most people those are the mushrooms you do best to ignore? This species has been shown to contain the same toxins as that of Amanita phalloides, a.k.a. “the Death Cap”. That species has been associated with the most cases of deadly poisonings around the world. But in the case of G. autumnalis since it is a LBJ (little brown job), it is rarely the case of mushroom poisonings, since who wants to eat LBJs anyway? But it comes up positive in tests for amanita-toxins, and in lists of poisonous mushrooms it always makes the cut. And people are always fascinated with deadly things, now, aren't they?

September, 2013

"Hygrocybe miniata group" by Hugh Smith

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Date: September 14, 2013
Camera: Canon Canon EOS REBEL T3i
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 0.50 sec
Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/32.0
Flash Used: No

It takes a sharp eye to find this little waxy cap, especially for those of us that are color-challenged! Hygrocybe miniata, or those in that group differing in minute ways, are very colorful little mushrooms that grow in a variety of habitats including rotting wood and moss, as these were. These were fresh since they are still quite red. As they age, they frequently fade to dull orange to yellow, which often leads to mis-identification when found in this state...

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Notes On Microscopy & How To Get Started. Scope!

Microscope Identification Microscopy for Agaricales


Many books, journal articles, websites, and personal communications have made their way into the wider world over the past decade and a half relating to microscopic techniques for Agaricales...

Marasmius plicatulus (by Christian Schwarz)

Mushroom of the Month: October, 2015

Marasmius Plicatilis Pictorial We’ve probably all run across Marasmius plicatulus during our walks in the woods; the tall, brightly-colored fruitbodies occur in many kinds of habitats every year, often in large troops. And what an excellent little mushroom to be so familiar. This species has a lot of features setting it apart from the rest of it’s marasmioid brethren: electric-sunset stipe coloration, oddly wiry-stipes (often tipped in pom-poms of creamy-white mycelium), and finely velvety caps often covered in beaded-up water droplets.

2013 Fall Wild Mushroom Dinner

Chef Bob Wynn's fine English fungiphile’s feast for a fun group of about 60. Bring your beverage of choice. Everything else is taken care of, including wine glasses and place settings. This event will take place at the Scotts Valley Senior Center on 11/09/2013 at 5:30 pm.

This is a prepaid event, with a cost of $20 per FFSC member before November 1. Each member may bring a guest for $30.

Member discount will be applied at checkout...