Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the Midcontinental United States

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Iowa Pr
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This completely revised second edition provides all the information necessary to identify mushrooms in the field in the midcontinental region of Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin: the tallgrass prairies and the western parts of the eastern deciduous forests. The first edition has been improved in significant ways. The authors have updated scientific names, added photos where there were none and replaced poor photos with better ones, improved the keys, added some species and deleted others, added a section on truffles, and annotated the bibliography. There were originally 224 species; now there are 248. Some of the new photos-125 in all-serve as a second photo for a species, where it is helpful to show details that cannot be viewed in a single photo. The authors describe each speciesrs" cap, gills, stalk, annulus, and season when they are most likely to be seen as well as such characteristics as edibility and toxicity. In their detailed and lively introduction they discuss the economic and environmental aspects of fungi, basic mushroom biology, nomenclature, edibility and toxicity, and habitats and time of fruiting. Most important are the keys, which lead the dedicated reader to the major groups of fungi included in this guide. The sections on mushrooms include keys to their genera in addition to the species within each family discussed, and each of the subsequent sections has a key to the genera and species except where so few species are discussed that a key is not necessary. The volume also includes a glossary and two bibliographies, one with general and one with technical references. Through their detailed technical descriptions and captivating color photos the authors convey their passionate fondness for these diverse and colorful organisms, whose mysterious appearances and disappearances have long made them objects of fascination.

Author Biography

George Knaphus was professor of botany and plant pathology at Iowa State University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Keysp. 29
Mushrooms (Agaricales)p. 33
Agaricaceaep. 37
Amanitaceaep. 43
Bolbitiaceaep. 55
Coprinaceaep. 58
Cortinariaceaep. 67
Entolomataceaep. 74
Gomphidiaceaep. 78
Hygrophoraceaep. 79
Lepiotaceaep. 86
Pluteaceaep. 94
Russulaceaep. 99
Strophariaceaep. 118
Tricholomataceaep. 124
Boletes (Boletales)p. 159
Aphyllophoralesp. 175
Cantharelloid Aphyllophoralesp. 176
Clavarioid Aphyllophoralesp. 180
Poroid Aphyllophoralesp. 187
Schizophylloid Aphyllophoralesp. 216
Smooth Aphyllophoralesp. 217
Spiny (or Toothed) Aphyllophoralesp. 223
Gasteromycetesp. 229
Jelly Fungip. 257
Ascomycetesp. 267
Cup Fungip. 268
Truffles and False Trufflesp. 297
Other Ascomycetesp. 317
Plant Parasitic Fungip. 327
Myxomycetes (Slime Molds)p. 335
Glossaryp. 349
General Referencesp. 355
Technical Referencesp. 357
Indexp. 361
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