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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.


Please see the Directions page for an important update (October 2015) regarding a changed access route to the Times-Mirror Meeting Room.


October 17 (Monday) 7:30 PM LAMS General Meeting, Times-Mirror Meeting Room, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

 Speaker: Denis R Benjamin, M.D.

Program: Mushroom mischief 2016: An expanding spectrum

Description:  Two decades have passed since the publication of Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas. The presentation is a critical review of more recently described toxic mushrooms and various ways that mushrooms potentially harm us. This includes the 'little white mushroom of Yunnan", the stories behind angel wings and Man-on-horseback, the neurological effects of morel gluttony, the inherent dangers of foraging and others. These are told from a perspective of a pathologist, sometimes with a wry sense of humor.


Denis R Benjamin, M.D. with Amanita muscaria


One of Denis' watercolors.  Recognize this mushroom?

More information about LAMS events, including a biography of the speaker, is available on the Calendar page.


February 12, 2017 (Sunday) 33rd Annual Los Angeles Wild Mushroom Fair

This promises to be an outstanding Mushroom Fair.   More information about the Fair will be available soon.


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Created in January 2002.  Last update October 14, 2016.  Contact the webmaster.
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