The Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project

A Comprehensive Reference to the Macrofungi of Santa Cruz County


Contact us is via email: questions AT scmycoflora DOT org.

Local Specimen Collection

‪If you have encountered a mushroom fruiting in Santa Cruz County that you think may represent a rare species (especially if you think it may be a first county record!) or that is otherwise of scientific value, please email us using the address above, including a photo if possible.

‪If we determine that we'd like to see the mushrooms in the field, we'll set up a time and place to meet as soon as possible. Normally, we will not travel out of the county, but in cases of exceptionally rare or interesting species we may do so.

‪If we have asked to see dried specimens that you've collected, please send them (properly packaged) to the following address:‬
‪Christian Schwarz‬ ‪c/o Chris Lay‬ ‪Museum of Natural History Collections Environmental Studies Department, University of California Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA, 95064‬

‪Biodiversity Surveys‬

‪Some of our contributors are available to perform biodiversity surveys of private and public properties. These surveys generally culminate in comprehensive species lists, as well as printed and/or digital summaries. Types of properties we have surveyed include: national and state parks, private residences, and natural habitats held by private and public educational institutions. If you are interested in having such a survey performed on your property, contact us at the email address listed above for details.‬


Eventually, be patient.

Mushroom Poisoning

If you believe you have been the victim of mushroom poisoning immediately seek medical care. We strongly recommend going to the nearest hospital emergency room. If possible, take the mushrooms you ingested with you so they can be identified by an expert. If you are in the local area we can assist in identifying the mushrooms.