From the MST Collections: The Mushroom Models: German Black Truffle

The model below is part of the MST's collection of mushroom models. This collection once belonged to a single individual and they bear the stamp of the owner and his location in West Berlin. The objects are from the 1920s or 1930s based on the text and type face. The translations from old German were completed by one of our members over the last year. Please note that many of the mushrooms in this collection have had their classifications change over time. Many that were once considered as edible are now classified as poisonous, and the translated text may no longer be considered accurate in modern terms.

German black truffle. Summer truffle. Tuber aestivum Vitt.; Tuber cibarium Sow.; Tuber nigrum All.

Rounded, black-brown with large multifaceted, pyramid like warts. The inside is whitish, marbled with short brownish and white veins. Spores are large, rounded, elliptical, light brown. Found in chalky clay soil across Germany. October until winter.

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From the MST Collections: The Mushroom Models: Glasshead

The model below is part of the MST's collection of mushroom models. This collection once belonged to a single individual and they bear the stamp of the owner and his location in West Berlin. The objects are from the 1920s or 1930s based on the text and type face. The translations from old German were completed by one of our members over the last year. Please note that many of the mushrooms in this collection have had their classifications change over time. Many that were once considered as edible are now classified as poisonous, and the translated text may no longer be considered accurate in modern terms.

Glasshead. Hygrocybe ceracea Wulf. Edible.

See Pg. 271 "Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada".

Cap and stem waxy yellow, shiny, Cap convex to flat, often finely striped, dry 2 - 3 cm across. Gills running downwards, broad almost triangular shape, yellow. Stalk 2 - 3 cm high, hollow, uneven in strength, often bent or pinched together. Colour is the same as the hat, paler near the bottom. Meat is yellow/white Smells faintly sweet Can be found in autumn on meadows and shallows.

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Intro to Field ID Course, June 2018

12 Easy Genera: An Introduction to Field Identification of Mushrooms

Given by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chair of the MST Education Committee

Monday June 4th, 2018
In the Garden Hall at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Doors open at 7:00 pm; the presentation begins at 7:30 pm

The Hall will be open at 7:00 pm for people who wish to bring in mushrooms for identification. This will be followed by a 2-hour PowerPoint presentation beginning at 7:30pm, focusing on common genera of gilled mushrooms, boletes and other fungi which can be identified fairly easily in the field. 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 70 participants.

Please register by May 28th, 2018. The cost of the course is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Registration will be checked at the door. 

MST members may register on the course signup page.

2018 Spring Foray Schedule Posted!

The MST's 2018 spring foray schedule has been finalized and is posted on the foray schedule page. There are 13 forays from May 5th to June 10th.

MST members whose membership dues are up to date will also receive the foray schedule by email - check your spam or junk mail folders. The event calendar has also been updated with all the spring forays.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Information on how to prepare for forays can be found on the Foray Etiquette and Preparation page.

We still need volunteers to lead and co-lead some forays. Without the help of the members these forays may not happen. You don't need experience or strong field identification skills, just a commitment to being present and keeping the foray organized. Please help! Email the foray director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know which forays you can help with.

MST members may sign in to the website with their email address and password to see driving directions on the foray schedule page. Also available to members is a map with all MST foray locations marked.

All MST members have an account on the website. If you can't remember your password, please click here to request a password reset. Enter the email address we have on record for your membership and you'll receive a link by email to reset your password (don't forget to check your spam or junk mail folder if you don't see the email).

MST members who joined prior to May 25th, 2018 may also sign in with their MST website username. If you have a username and can't remember it, please either sign in using your email address or click here to retrieve your username by email.

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