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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
PSMS Monthly Meeting
Corals of the Forest - The Genus Ramaria
Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
The Pacific Northwest has the most diverse array of coral fungi present anywhere in the world. Many of these beautiful fungi are mycorrhizal with western Hemlock, (Tsuga heterophyla), a temperate rainforest species of the Pacific Northwest. Others grow in interior forests. Michael will show typical members of each of the four Ramaria subgenera. You will learn when and where to find the abundant, large, meaty spring species. All of the spring Ramaria species are edible. Some Ramaria species have a delightful nutty flavor. No Ramaria will cause anything worse than an upset stomach.
Michael will include other club and coral fungi, one of which is sweet and eaten like candy. Closely related species will be included. DNA is both changing our notion of species relationships and helping us understand which mushrooms are likely to be poisonous, which are likely to be edible. Hear why he felt safe in feeding a Ramaria species of unknown edibility to over 40 people on a mushroom foray (after telling them all the nature and goals of the experiment).
Finally, Michael will demonstrate use of the free, on-line, Pacific Northwest Key Council Ramaria key so that later on, you can identify many of the Ramaria species on your own.
Michael Beug is Professor Emeritus of The Evergreen State College and an award-winning photographer, with photographs published in roughly 50 books and articles. He coauthored (with Alan and Arleen Bessette) Ascomycete Fungi of North America: A Mushroom Reference Guide. He writes about mushrooms in McIlvainea, The Mycophile, Fungi Magazine, and Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming. He created 25 PowerPoint mushroom programs available through NAMA as a two-DVD set. He is a coauthor of MatchMaker, a free mushroom identification program covering 4,092 taxa with over 5,000 images of 1,984 illustrated taxa (www.matchmakermushrooms.com). He was winner of the 2006 NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology. He is chair of the NAMA Toxicology Committee and chair the Editorial Committee. In the Columbia Rive Gorge, he currently studies the unique fungal ecosystem associated with Quercus garryana where he has found roughly 50 unnamed Cortinarius species, many unnamed Hebeloma species, new species of Russula, a new Amanita, and a new Sarcomyxa as well as numerous species previously thought to be restricted to California and Southern Oregon. His hobby is organic farming and winemaking.