Explore the New NAMA Website!

Our new NAMA website is designed for you, our members, with more perks and more ways to connect to the larger mycological community. You'll see new information, a section on book reviews, updates on events, a new page highlighting affiliated clubs, updated poisoning information and a new form to report mushroom poisonings. Log in to find NAMA 2015 Blue Ridge Foray registration information. You can update your own contact information and pay dues online. We will be rolling out many new features and lots of new content in the coming year.

Book Reviews!

What are the most recently published field guides? How did our reviewers rate them? What should you have in your library? We have taken book reviews from the past two years which were published in The Mycophile and gathered them all in one section for your perusal. Learn more…

Highlighted Affiliated Club

Read about our affiliated clubs and their activities! And be sure to let the world know about your club.  Learn more…

Announcing the NAMA 2015 Blue Ridge Foray

September 24-27, 2015 | Black Mountain, North Carolina

The Asheville Mushroom Club and the Mushroom Club of Georgia are co-hosting our next annual foray. The foray will take place September 24-27, 2015, at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. We’ll be based at a beautiful conference center situated on 1,200 acres of wooded mountainside surrounded by mountain streams, wildflowers, ridges, coves, and spectacular views. This section of the Appalachians is one of the most biologically diverse forest communities in the world; it contains half of all the tree species known in the USA and includes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where about 2,500 species of fungi have been identified.

Asheville Regional Airport is an easy 30 mile drive away. Nearby Asheville (18 miles) is a destination in itself, noted for its Art Deco buildings, art galleries and craft stores, and more than 15 craft breweries.

Alan Bessette will serve as our foray Chief Mycologist. Registration will open in April, so stay tuned!

Mycological Word of the Day

Photo by Walt Sturgeon

Word of the Day: lateritius (lah TER ih TEE us)
It comes from: later
Origin: Latin
Meaning: brick, tile
Description: Cantharellus lateritius is commonly called the ‘Smooth Chanterelle’, and the species name means ‘bricklike’. It is named after the ‘fairly smooth underside’, or hymenium. The more commonly known species Hypholoma sublateritium, the so-called ‘brick-top’, also has this word element in it, but here, it refers to the brick color of the cap. Reference: Metzler, Texas Mushrooms: A Field Guide.

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Mycological Word of the Day is produced by Rob Hallock.