California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday November 14
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz


Christian Schwarz
Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast

Local mushroom enthusiast, taxonomist, and citizen science advocate Christian Schwarz will discuss his book, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon border.

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast will help beginning and experienced mushroom hunters alike to find and identify mushrooms-from common to rare, delicious to deadly, and interesting to beautiful. With full treatments of more than 750 species, each species profile pairs a photograph with an in-depth description-including notes on ecology, edibility, toxicity, and look-alike species, references to hundreds more, tips on mushroom collecting, descriptions of specific habitats and biozones, updated taxonomy, and outstanding photography-this guide is far and away the most modern and comprehensive treatment of mushrooms in the region. Supported by extensive field work, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is an indispensable guide for anyone curious about fungi.

Christian Schwarz is a mushroom enthusiast and taxonomist and citizen science advocate from Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied at UCSC, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, and making scientific collections of macrofungi. He is coauthor of "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast", and is slowly building a mycoflora for Santa Cruz County ( He also writes a blog called Notes of a Mycophile ( ). Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms (from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublime). He has travelled in search of fungi throughout the United States, as well as central America, Indonesia, Borneo, and Europe. Besides mushroom taxonomy and mycofloristics, he's an excitable birder and passionate about citizen science in general.