Biologist to talk about isle mushrooms at Lyman Museum


Which mushrooms are most commonly found in Hawaii? Find out Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. when Don Hemmes, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, gives an illustrated talk at the Lyman Museum.

Hemmes will cover both native and endemic species of mushrooms, including

those found in rain forests and lowlands that have been introduced to Hawaii

over the years. Other fleshy fungi are in the spotlight as well, including

bird’s-nest fungi, stinkhorns, earthstars and puff balls.

Hemmes will also outline how to identify a mushroom from its spore print and morphology to place it in its proper genus.

For the epicure, pointers will be provided on how to distinguish delectable, edible mushrooms from poisonous species found in the islands.

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum is located

at 276 Haili St. in Hilo. Open Monday through Saturday, its mission is to

tell the story of Hawaii, its islands and its people. Monday night public

programs begin at 7 p.m. Additional parking is available behind the museum at

Hilo Union School. For more information, call 935-5021 or visit

www.lymanmuseum.org.

 

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