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June 1st, 2016
"Is it Love or is it Lethal"
Our guest speaker for June will be Denis Benjamin, who will be speaking on mushroom aphrodisiacs, and social aspects of mushroom poisoning, including "pseudo-poisoning".
Denis Benjamin, born in South Africa, emigrated to the USA in 1970. He completed his residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and was on the faculty until 2000. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children's hospital in Seattle and later at Cook Children's in Fort Worth. He became a hiker and mushroom enthusiast, spending much of his leisure time on the eastern slopes of the Cascades. Now retired from medical practice he devotes his energy to natural history and documenting the wildflowers and mushrooms with photography and watercolors. The latter was inspired by a workshop with the noted Russian botanical artist (Alexander - Sasha - Viazmensky). He has attended botanical illustration at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. A past board member of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, he recently helped establish the Yakima Valley Mushroom Club. He was Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of NAMA for a number of years and a consultant for the regional Poison Control Center. He is author of Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas (1995, WH Freeman and Co. NY, NY) and Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging (2010 Tembe Press, Cle Elum, WA) He now lives in Fort Worth and is a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
As always, try to come around 6:30 to meet, greet, and share in some snacks!
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DID YOU KNOW...
Mushrooms have religious importance in many cultures, including the North American Indians. The Blackfoot Indians believed puffballs were stars that fell to Earth.
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