Special Issue, December 10 and 11, 2000
Mycological Society of San Francisco (MSSF) Fungus Fair

Published about twice a year from Greenville, California
By Herman Brown


Fair Poster
2000 Fair Poster


This year, I was finally able to go to the Mycological Society of San Francisco annual fungus fair, but for only one day, Saturday.  I took a few pictures on my own, solicited pictures and comments from the members of the MSSF OneList (MSSF electronic mailing list), and collected what I could off the OneList postings.

Our group was represented by me, my wife Cecelia, and my nephew Cary and his daughter Rachael.

The fair was incredible. We were all overwhelmed by the amount of mushrooms on display. I wandered around at first, trying to get an overview of the fair, but soon realized that I had to concentrate on a few tables or I would miss everything. I was so impressed by the settings and groupings of the various displays. Many of the tables displayed mushrooms in their natural habitat. 

Everywhere there were friendly experts to help, and everyone I walked by seemed to have a smile on his face.  I finally got to meet, in person, Taylor Lockwood, Larry Stickney, and Patrick Hamilton.  When I finally stopped wandering around for a spell, I was able to talk to some of the people behind the tables.

My nephew's daughter visited the children's table and enjoyed herself making a few clay models of mushrooms.

My nephew was feeling a bit under the weather and sampled some medicinal mushroom-ginger tea which, he said, made him feel much better.

We had had a late and large breakfast, so we didn't partake of any of the wild mushroom dishes offered in the cafe, but reveled in the aromas.

Taylor's slide presentation and Patrick Hamilton's cooking demonstration were two of the highlights of our first visit to the fair.  Taylor's humor made us laugh, and some of his beautiful slides, with the music in the background,  brought tears to my eyes.  Patrick's cooking demonstration was very informative, funny, and tasty, as we were invited to taste delicious samples of both the White and Golden Chanterelles, Matsutake, Hen of the Woods, and Oyster Mushrooms.

I left the fair with my head spinning from all I saw, but we all vowed to return again to next year's fair.

A note from Larry Stickney:

We had about 300 named species on display, and any number of X sp. (unidentified mushrooms)

1800 paying visitors in the two days. 

- Larry

The Fair

The following is a brief description of the Fair, posted on the MSSF Onelist by Yu-Shen Ng:

We'd like to invite you to this year's San Francisco Mushroom Fair.  It's happening, in fact, a week from Saturday at the same location as last year: the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (at 9th and

We've enjoyed a great mushroom season so far this year (thanks to plenty of rain), and we expect the Fair to have as many mushroom displays, cooking demonstrations, and fun activities as in previous years.

Featured this year are speakers Paul Stamets, an almost mythologized mushroom visionary and cultivator, and Taylor Lockwood, who has traveled far and wide to photograph mushrooms.  Chef Sunita Dutt, of Chinook Restaurant, and Mycochef Patrick Hamilton will also be giving cooking demonstrations at the Fair.  There are also plans for new activities for kids this year, with a new clay craft station in addition to pencil and paper activities.

Here's the scoop on the Mushroom Fair:

  • Saturday, 12/9, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 12/10, 11am-5pm.
  • County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (9th and Lincoln)
  • $6 adults/$3 students with ID and children under 12

For more details, visit http://www.mssf.org/ or read on.

On December 9 and 10, the San Francisco Mushroom Fair brings to Golden Gate Park the beauty, smells, tastes, and intricacies of the world of mushrooms.  Sponsored by the Mycological Society of San Francisco, the Fair offers cooking demonstrations, slide shows, displays of habitat and fresh and unusual mushrooms, and informational booths covering mushroom-related "hunting," poisoning, biology, art, medicines, and identification.  The Fair is open to the public, and all are welcome.  It will be held at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (at 9th and Lincoln) on both Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10 (10am-5pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday).

Over a thousand specimens of local mushrooms will be on display at the fair, and visitors will learn, first hand, how to distinguish the deadly poisonous mushrooms from the choice edibles.  Mushrooms will be displayed in a setting that assists in their identification and mimics their natural habitat.


Speakers at the fair will focus on various roles of mushrooms in our society -- in our economy, in our society, and in the world ecosystem.  Internationally-renowned photographer Taylor Lockwood will present a multimedia slide show about exotic mushrooms from around the world. Mycological scientist, visionary and pioneering cultivator Paul Stamets will discuss "Mushrooms as Planetary Healers" and "Psilocybin and Amanita Mushrooms: An Innocent Discovers the Infinite."  Michael Boom, past president of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, will give an introductory talk on mushrooms, titled "The Secret Life of Mushrooms"Dr. Matteo Garbelotto, UC Berkeley mycologist, will explain and introduce Sudden Oak Death, a fungal disease that has been threatening trees in the Bay Area.  Dr. Mo Mei Chen, also of UC Berkeley, having just returned from a Medicinal Mushroom conference in the Netherlands, will present on the state of medicinal uses of mushrooms worldwide.  And, Janet Doell, founder of the Lichen Society, and her husband Richard will give a multi-media slide show on lichens, which are comprised of a symbiotic relationship of fungi and algae.


Cooking shows will be held on both days of the Fair.  Sunita Dutt, Executive chef of Chinook Restaurant in San Rafael will demonstrate techniques and recipes for preparing choice wild mushrooms available in the Bay Area.  Similarly, "Mycochef" Patrick Hamilton, food columnist for the Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming and long-time member of the
Mycological Society of San Francisco, will teach mushroom cooking techniques.

Some culinary events will also occur prior to the Mushroom Fair.  Sponsor restaurants Chinook of San Rafael and La Lime's of Berkeley will each be hosting a series of mushroom-centered dinners.  Chinook's dinners will be held on November 15 and 16, and La Lime's will be held December 5 and 6.  Call the respective restaurants for details.


Middle and high schools students will enjoy and appreciate most fair activities, and younger students can also participate in artist and author Louise Freedman's Kid's Area.  The Kid's Area will provide opportunities to learn about a select set of mushrooms, participate in a mushroom drawing contest, and "hunt" for specific mushrooms among the display tables.


In addition to viewing displays and presentations, fair visitors can participate in "mushroom-hunting" by joining one of the pre-fair "mushroom forays."  On Friday, December 8, several teams of experts will invite fair-goers to hike through forests, hillsides, trails, and seashores to collect mushrooms in San Francisco, in Marin, in the North Bay, on the East Bay, on the Peninsula, and elsewhere throughout the Bay Area.  To participate in any of the pre-fair forays, call the Mycological Society of San Francisco's (MSSF's) hotline at 415-759-0495 for more information.

The Mushroom Fair is not a crafts fair; some mushroom related items, however, including books, tee-shirts, mushroom dyed clothing, posters, and mushroom home cultivation kits, will be available for sale.


The Mycological Society of San Francisco is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of educational and scientific activities involving mushrooms. The MSSF is the largest regional mushroom society in the United States, and has over 800 members. Founded in 1950, the society awards yearly scholarships, tracks local mycological species, assists Bay Area poison control centers, leads mushroom identification walks and works to preserve cultural traditions of mushroom collecting.

    Yu-Shen Ng
    Mycological Society of San Francisco

The Speaker Schedule

The following schedule was posted on the MSSF OneList by Debbie Veiss:

Saturday, December 10th:

Matteo Garbelotto, UC Berkeley researcher, speaking on Sudden Oak Death at 11:30 am.
Taylor Lockwood, presenting an updated "Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi" at 12:30 pm.
Janet and Richard Doell are giving a multimedia Lichen Presentation at 2:00 pm.
Paul Stamets is speaking on Amanitas and Psilocybes at 3:00 pm.


Mo Mei Chen speaking on Medicinal Mushrooms at 12:00 pm.
Taylor Lockwood, presenting an updated "Treasures From the Kingdom of Fungi" at 1:00 pm.
Mike Boom is giving a beginners talk, "The Secret life of Mushrooms", at 2:15 pm.
Paul Stamets will be speaking on Mushroom Bioremediation at 3:30 pm.


Wild Mushroom Exhibition Today
(Photo by me)

Begin here
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)


Mushroom Ecology
(Photo by me)

Bob Sommers
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

(Photo by Dave Bell)

Making Mushrooms with Clay at
the Kid's table
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)


Rachael getting ready to make
clay fungi
(Photo by me)


An overview
(Photo by Dave Bell)

Fred Stevens and Agaricus (Agarici?)
(Photo by me)

Lots of Boletes
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

Some shelf fungi and not shelf fungi
(Photo by me)

 Terri Beausejour and Boletus satanas
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

Getting some help
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

The Amanita Table
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

 Taylor Lockwood and some of his
beautiful photos
(Photo by me)

Mushroom for dyes
(Photo by me)

Wool dyed from mushrooms
(Photo by me)

Just like in the wild!
(Photo by Dave Bell)

(Photo by Dave Bell)

A garden-like setting
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

Click on image to see a larger picture
(Photo by Barbara Sommers)

Patrick Hamilton cooking
(Photo by me)

More Pat
(Photo by me)

Specie List (from Mike Wood)

Collecting for the Fungus Fair was good this year, with 293 taxa IDed to
the species level. Here is the list:

  1. Agaricus arorae
  2. Agaricus arvensis
  3. Agaricus augustus
  4. Agaricus californicus
  5. Agaricus hondensis
  6. Agaricus praeclaresquamosus
  7. Agaricus silvicola
  8. Agaricus subrutilescens
  9. Agaricus xanthodermus
  10. Agrocybe praecox
  11. Albatrellus pes-caprae
  12. Alboleptonia sericella
  13. Aleuria aurantia
  14. Amanita calyptrata
  15. Amanita cokeri
  16. Amanita franchetii
  17. Amanita gemmata
  18. Amanita magniverrucata
  19. Amanita muscaria
  20. Amanita pachycolea
  21. Amanita pantherina
  22. Amanita phalloides
  23. Amanita silvicola
  24. Amanita vaginata
  25. Armillaria gallica
  26. Armillaria mellea
  27. Armillaria ostoyae
  28. Armillaria zelleri
  29. Arrhenia bryophilum
  30. Astraeus hygrometricus
  31. Auriscalpium vulgare
  32. Battarraea phalloides
  33. Bisporella citrina
  34. Bolbitius aleuriatus
  35. Bolbitius vitellinus
  36. Boletopsis subquamosa
  37. Boletus aereus
  38. Boletus amygdalinus
  39. Boletus chrysenteron
  40. Boletus dryophilus
  41. Boletus edulis
  42. Boletus flaviporus
  43. Boletus piperatus
  44. Boletus regius
  45. Boletus satanas
  46. Boletus subtomentosus
  47. Boletus truncatus
  48. Boletus zelleri
  49. Bovista pila
  50. Bovista plumbea
  51. Calyptella capula
  52. Camarophyllus pratensis
  53. Camarophyllus russocoriaceus
  54. Cantharellus cibarius
  55. Cantharellus subalbidus
  56. Cantharellus tubaeformis
  57. Caulorhiza umbonata
  58. Chroogomphus vinicolor
  59. Chrysomphalina aurantiaca
  60. Clathrus ruber
  61. Clavaria vermicularis
  62. Clavariadelphus occidentalis
  63. Clavariadelphus truncatus
  64. Clitocybe (Lepista) nuda
  65. Clitocybe cyathiformis
  66. Clitocybe deceptiva
  67. Clitocybe flaccida
  68. Clitocybe inversa
  69. Clitocybe nebularis
  70. Clitocybe odora
  71. Coprinus comatus
  72. Coprinus disseminatus
  73. Coprinus micaceus
  74. Cortinarius alboviolaceus
  75. Cortinarius belibutus
  76. Cortinarius calochrous
  77. Cortinarius cedretorium
  78. Cortinarius cotoneus
  79. Cortinarius fulmineus
  80. Cortinarius glaucopus
  81. Cortinarius infractus
  82. Cortinarius multiformis
  83. Cortinarius olympianus
  84. Cortinarius ponderosus
  85. Cortinarius prasinus
  86. Cortinarius regalis
  87. Cortinarius rubicundulis
  88. Cortinarius sodagnitus
  89. Cortinarius violaceus
  90. Craterellus cornucopioides
  91. Crepidotus herbarum
  92. Crepidotus mollis
  93. Crucibulum laeve
  94. Cystoderma fallax
  95. Cystolepiota seminuda
  96. Dacromyces deliquescens
  97. Dacrymyces palmatus
  98. Daldinia grandis
  99. Dermocybe phoenicea var. occidentalis
  100. Entoloma bloxami
  101. Entoloma nidorosum
  102. Entoloma rhodopolium
  1. Flammulina velutipes

  2. Floccularia albolanaripes
  3. Fomitopsis cajanderi
  4. Fomitopsis pinicola
  5. Galerina autumnalis
  6. Galerina tibiicystis
  7. Ganoderma applanatum
  8. Geastrum saccatum
  9. Gomphidius glutinosus
  10. Gomphidius oregonensis
  11. Gomphus floccosus
  12. Gymnopilus luteocarneus
  13. Gymnopilus sapineus
  14. Gymnopus (Collybia) dryophilus
  15. Gyromitra infula
  16. Hebeloma crustuliniforme
  17. Hebeloma sacchanulens
  18. Hebeloma sinapizans
  19. Helvella lacunosa
  20. Helvella maculata
  21. Hemimycena sp.
  22. Hydnellum aurantiacum
  23. Hydnellum caeruleum
  24. Hydnum repandum
  25. Hydnum umbillicatum
  26. Hygrocybe acutoconica
  27. Hygrocybe conica
  28. Hygrocybe flavescens
  29. Hygrocybe punicea
  30. Hygrocybe singeri
  31. Hygrocybe virescens
  32. Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca
  33. Hygrophorus eburneus
  34. Hygrophorus russula
  35. Hygrophorus subalpinus
  36. Hypholoma capnoides
  37. Hypholoma fasciculare
  38. Hypomyces chrysospermum
  39. Inocybe albodisca
  40. Inocybe fastigiata
  41. Inocybe geophylla
  42. Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina
  43. Inocybe lanatodisca
  44. Inocybe maculata
  45. Inocybe marginata
  46. Inocybe sororia
  47. Jahnoporus hirtus
  48. Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis
  49. Laccaria bicolor
  50. Laccaria laccata
  51. Lactarius alnicola
  52. Lactarius argillaceifolius var megacarpus
  53. Lactarius deliciosus
  54. Lactarius pallescens
  55. Lactarius rubidus (fragilis var. rubidus)
  56. Lactarius rubrilacteus
  57. Lactarius xanthogalactus
  58. Leccinum auranticacum
  59. Leccinum manzanitae
  60. Lentinellus ursinus
  61. Lenzites betulina
  62. Lepiota atrodisca
  63. Lepiota castanea
  64. Lepiota castaneidisca
  65. Lepiota cristata
  66. Lepiota josseranderi
  67. Lepiota magnispora (ventriosospora)
  68. Lepiota rubrotincta
  69. Lepista subconnexa
  70. Leptonia parva
  71. Leucopaxillus albissimus
  72. Leucopaxillus gentianeus
  73. Limacella glioderma
  74. Limacella glischra
  75. Lycoperdon foetidum
  76. Lycoperdon perlatum
  77. Lycoperdon pyriforme
  78. Lyophyllum decastes
  79. Macrolepiota rachodes
  80. Marasmiellus candidus
  81. Marasmius copelandii
  82. Marasmius plicatulus
  83. Marasmius quercophilus
  84. Melanoleuca melaleuca
  85. Mycena acicula
  86. Mycena alkaliniformus
  87. Mycena aurantiomarginatus
  88. Mycena capillaripes
  89. Mycena galericulata
  90. Mycena iopiolens
  91. Mycena maculata
  92. Mycena pura
  93. Mycena purpureofusca
  1. Omphalotus olivascens
  2. Otidea alutacea
  3. Otidea onotica
  4. Paxillus involutus
  5. Peziza vesiculosa
  6. Phaeocollybia californica
  7. Phaeocollybia olivacea
  8. Phaeolus schweinitzii
  9. Phogiotis helvelloides
  10. Pholiota astragalina
  11. Pholiota malicola
  12. Pholiota terrestris
  13. Pholiota velaglutinosa
  14. Phylloporus rhodoxanthus
  15. Phyllotopsis nidulans
  16. Pisolithus tinctorius
  17. Pleurotus dryinus
  18. Pleurotus ostreatus
  19. Pluteus cervinus
  20. Pluteus romellii (lutescens)
  21. Polyporus elegans
  22. Psathyrella candolleana
  23. Psathyrella hydrophila
  24. Psathyrella longipes
  25. Psathyrella longistriata
  26. Pseudohydnum gelatinosum
  27. Psilocybe cyanescens
  28. Psilocybe cyanofibrillosa
  29. Ramaria abietina
  30. Ramaria acrisiccescens
  31. Ramaria araiospora
  32. Ramaria botryoides
  33. Ramaria conjunctipes
  34. Ramaria fennica var. violaceibrunnea
  35. Ramaria formosa
  36. Ramaria myceliosa
  37. Ramaria rasilispora var. rasilispora
  38. Ramaria vinosimaculans
  39. Rhodocollybia (Collybia) butyracea
  40. Rhodocybe nitellina
  41. Russula aeruginea
  42. Russula alutacea
  43. Russula amoenolens
  44. Russula basifurcata
  45. Russula borealis
  46. Russula brevipes
  47. Russula cremoricolor
  48. Russula cyanoxantha
  49. Russula dissimulans
  50. Russula murrillii
  51. Russula nigricans
  52. Russula placita
  53. Russula rosea
  54. Russula sanguinea
  55. Russula silvicola
  56. Russula urens
  57. Russula vesca
  58. Russula veternosa var. veternosa
  59. Russula vinosabrunnea
  60. Russula xerampelina
  61. Sarcodon fuscoindicum
  62. Sarcoscypha coccinea
  63. Schizophyllum commune
  64. Sparassis crispa
  65. Stereum hirsutum
  66. Strobilurus trullisatus
  67. Stropharia ambigua
  68. Suillus brevipes
  69. Suillus caerulescens
  70. Suillus fuscotomentosus
  71. Suillus lakei
  72. Suillus pungens
  73. Suillus tomentosus
  74. Trametes versicolor
  75. Tremella mesenterica
  76. Tremellodendropsis tuberosa
  77. Tricholoma dryophilum
  78. Tricholoma flavovirens
  79. Tricholoma focale
  80. Tricholoma fracticum
  81. Tricholoma griseoviolaceum
  82. Tricholoma imbricatum
  83. Tricholoma magnivelare
  84. Tricholoma manzanitae
  85. Tricholoma myomyces
  86. Tricholoma pardinum
  87. Tricholoma saponaceum
  88. Tricholoma ustale
  89. Tricholoma vaccinum
  90. Tricholomopsis rutilans
  91. Tubaria confragosa
  92. Tubaria furfuracea
  93. Tylopilus humilus
  94. Tylopilus pseudoscaber
  95. Volvariella speciosa
  96. Xeromphalina campanella
  97. Xeromphalina cauticinalis
  98. Xylaria hypoxylon


Another impressive list!