Clades are here to stay…..for awhile, anyway


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Clades are used in Botany and Zoology, as well as Fungi – and what they have to tell us is not insignificant or irrelevant.

Clades can show us the lineages of organisms. Knowing how to see past appearances to the reality of things can direct our research in so many fields.

Clades can help us choose particular groups to search for medicinal benefits that would otherwise escape us.

Clades can help us choose particular groups to work with in our efforts to develop tools for bio-remediation and myco-remediation.

In mushrooms, “gills,” and “pores,” and “teeth,” and such, even “puffball-like,” are terms useful for field identification, but not to understand much beyond that.

The clades we now know cut across all these easily observed field characteristics to show us the “real” relationships our mushrooms have.




No city park walks next two weeks – August dates will be Sunday the 9th and the last 2 weekends in August

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 Dates, times, and locations to follow……………..


ETHNOBOTANY: A FIELD STUDY at the New York Botanical Garden

Wednesdays, June 10 – July 8 [no class on June 17]

See website page on the contents “board” above……….belladonna5


Paul Stamets mushroom lecture at the New School on Wed. June 17th





Mushrooms for People and Planet: Ancient Allies for Modern Maladies


Wednesday, June 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Here is the new location:
The New School
John L. Tishman Auditorium
University Center
65 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street)

Free admission


Paul Stamets, legendary author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, gives an informative lecture on mushrooms that aims to deepen the understanding of and respect for organisms that exist literally under every footstep we take. His presentation covers a range of mushroom species and new research showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and planet. An introduction is offered by acclaimed mycologist Gary Lincoff who will comment on the speculative nature of mushroom research.


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First SATURDAY in June – June 6th – Cunningham Park, Queens – Mushroom walk

NYMS Mushroom Walk this SATURDAY – June 6th – Meet at the entrance to Cunningham Park – 11 am – Directions: “E” or “F” to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike, then take the Q46 to Francis Lewis Blvd. (Allow one hour to 90 minutes if taking both subway and bus)…..Bring something to eat and drink – no vendors nearby. Walk will run from 11:15 to about 1:30 or so. We might go on to Alley Pond Park (a bus stop or two further along Union Turnpike), depending on how we’re doing…..Walk is free.Cunn9