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This course has been cancelled. See https://www.myctor.org/covid19 for details.

12 Easy Genera: An Introduction to Field Identification of Mushrooms

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Monday April 6, 2020
In the Garden Hall at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Doors open at 7:00 pm; the presentation begins at 7:30 pm

The Garden Hall will be open at 7:00 pm for members who wish to bring in mushrooms for identification. This will be followed by a 2-hour PowerPoint presentation beginning at 7:30pm. There will be a short break for refreshments.  

The course is available to MST members only (and their family members living at the same address) and will be limited to 80 participants.

Please register by March 30th, 2020. The cost of the course is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Registration will be checked at the door. 

Paid parking is in place at TBG. Course attendees will be provided with a parking code a few days in advance.

This presentation provides an introduction to field identification for beginners. It is intended to help members get beyond the "picture matching" approach to using guidebooks and other resources, by paying attention to key macroscopic features when trying to identify the genus to which a mushroom specimen may belong. The focus is on 12 genera or groups of fungi with distinctive characteristics which make them relatively easy to identify in the field, including the following:

  • Gilled mushrooms: Amanita, Cortinarius, Lactarius, Russula, Coprinoid mushrooms and Waxy Cap mushrooms
  • Boletes: Boletus, Suillus and Leccinum
  • Puffballs: Lycoperdon
  • Bracket fungi: Ganoderma
  • Morels: Morchella