Gulf South Mycological Society
The Gulf South Mycological Society is a non-profit scientific and educational organization formed to promote the appreciation and study of the diversified fungal flora of the Gulf Coast region by amateur and professional mycologists. Society activities have resulted in the naming of many species previously unknown to science. The Society is affiliated with the non-profit North American Mycological Association, a 501(c) (3) organization.
The Gulf Coast region of the United States produces an outstanding variety of fungi and mushrooms. There are two main fruiting seasons: spring-summer and fall-winter. Frequent afternoon rains may produce an abundant mix of temperate and tropical species, including Agaricus, Amanita, Armillaria, Auricularia, Boletus, Cantharellus (chanterelles), Cortinarius, Hericium, Lactarius, Pleurotus (oysters), Pluteus, Lycoperdon (puffballs), Russula, Suillus, and Tricholoma.