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Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America [Paperback]

Roger Phillips
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Book Description

Sept. 23 2010

Praise for the hardcover edition:

"The quality of the photographs, along with the detailed descriptions, makes the volume an excellent identification guide."
-- American Reference Books Annual

"If you have even the slightest interest in identifying North American mushrooms, this is -- quite simply -- the book on the topic, bar none."
-- January Magazine

For amateur collectors or professional mycologists working in the field, this guidebook is quite simply the best North American mushroom reference ever published. Each of the 1,000 specimens is shown in full color on a neutral background to eliminate distractions, and specimens are arranged to show the cap, stem, gills, spines and a cross section, usually in various stages of growth.

Roger Phillips identifies all regional varieties of Basidiomycetes, which include chanterelles, puffballs and fungi, and Ascomycetes, which include morels and cup fungi. Detailed descriptive information on each mushroom variety includes:

  • Dimensions of cap, gills and stem
  • Color and texture of flesh
  • Odor and taste
  • Habitat and growing season
  • Distribution and appearance of spores
  • Edibility and poison warnings

There is also helpful advice on collecting specimens plus an illustrated beginner identification key and a generic key for the more advanced collector.

Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America is at once the ideal introduction to mycology and an essential reference for the experienced collector -- the definitive book in its category.

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In this beautifully illustrated book, Phillips vividly presents the world of mushrooms. Unlike the photographs in other guides, which are taken in the field, the more than 1000 color photographs featured here were shot in the studio in order to capture both the external features of mushrooms as well as their internal anatomy. Each picture includes specimens representing various stages of growth, and the accompanying annotation describes the anatomy of the cap, gills, stem, and spores. In addition, the author explains where the particular species of mushroom is found, its season of growth, and whether or not it is edible. Amateur mycologists as well as professionals in the field will find this book an invaluable guide. Highly recommended as a basic library reference source.
- Paul C. Radich, Univ. of Indianapolis
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Gills, central stem, spore color, tubes, and pores are characteristics that allow the amateur to make a respectable attempt at identifying mushrooms and other fungi. Yes, there are some delicious edible mushrooms, but no amateur should ever eat a mushroom on the basis of his own identification; an expert determination is the only path to safe eating. Yet this is a perfect volume for the admirer of the Mycena species.... Each succinct description provides notes on range, seasonality, defining characters and size. The photographs are excellent.... Throughout, one picks up interesting tidbits, such as the passion that drives British mycologists to conduct their conferences in Latin. Then there are the surprises with every turn of the page, such as the captivating deep blue of the bruised, older Gyroporus cyanescens. It all makes one want to get to the nearest woodland to hasten the learning experience. (Diane M. Calabrese American Reference Books Annual 2010 2011-03-01)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Mushroom Identifier Aug. 5 2002
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I've hunted mushrooms for 30 years, and this is the best book I've seen for identifying the edibles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A huge volume of Fungi Nov. 21 2010
By S.M.
This is not a field guide but a great photographic collection containing vast amounts of information describing every microscopic detail of each, then adding comments and comparissons.
A must have book for cross refrencing with your field guide and other books.
While some of the full page images are impressive many of the smaller are not, and none of them contain a scale or visual dimensional refrence. There are several multi subject images where it is difficult to determine which is the top. I would like to see the book seperated into three volumes. This would alow the size of the print to double and enlarge the images.
Without a magnifine glass the Index is next to useless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Nov. 2 2013
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Lots of mushrooms and lots of coloured picotures very dense. I love it. Good quality paper. A great book to take with you on the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Une révélation! Nov. 30 2012
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Une référence fascinante à tout point de vue. Mon premier coup de foudre mycologique. Un must autant pour les néophytes que pour les fanatiques!!!
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