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LAMS is a non-profit group whose purpose is to foster and expand the understanding and appreciation of mycology (that is the study of mushrooms and fungi).

We create and sponsor fun mushroom related events and help people learn about and identify mushrooms they find in the greater Los Angeles area.

WELCOME BACK!  Summer will soon be over, and with a little cooperation from the weather, we expect that mushrooms will soon return to the fields and forests in and around Los Angeles.  Please join us for another season filled with fascinating speakers, fun forays, and the spectacular Mushroom Fair in February.

October 15 (Monday) 7:30 PM LAMS General Meeting, Times-Mirror Meeting Room, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Speaker: Else Vellinga, Mycological Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley

Program: "A short and subjective history of mycology in California"


Else Vellinga with several Amanitas

The main events and people who played a significant role in the increased knowledge of the California mycoflora will be presented. With nice trivia, such as: the collector who collected in more counties than anybody else; the county which can boast the highest number of species discovered as new; and, the connection between Eucalyptus and Mycena californiensis.  Special attention will be given to the mycologists of the early 1900s who collected in Southern California. All of these will be set in the context of worldwide discoveries and developments.

Else Vellinga is a mycologist who is interested in naming and classifying mushroom species in California and beyond, especially parasol mushrooms (Lepiota and allied genera). She has described 22 species as new for California, and most recently worked at the herbaria at UC Berkeley and SFSU for the Macrofungi and Microfungi Collections Digitization projects. She got her training at the national herbarium in the Netherlands, and her Ph.D at the University of Leiden, also in the Netherlands. The main reason for her taxonomic work is that it lays the basis for efforts to include mushroom species in nature management and conservation plans. She has proposed a number of Californian and Hawaiian species for the IUCN global database of endangered species. She tries to keep current with the mushroom literature. Else is also an avid knitter and likes to use mushroom dyed yarn for her creations.

More information about LAMS events is available on the Calendar page.

Due to dry weather, no LAMS forays are scheduled at this timeLAMS members will receive an announcement of forays as soon as they are scheduled.

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