A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms / Edition 1

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A unique crossroads for mushrooms, Kansas is populated by a blend of northerners and southerners, serves as a western frontier for easterners, and harbors a few West Coast natives.

In this book, the authors offer a myriad of how-to's when stalking and using mushrooms, from identifying an Old Man in the Woods to sauteing a tasty Volvariella bombycina. Besides providing both the Latin and common names and descriptions of 235 species found in the state, they have included 150 color photographs of common and not so common species, a nontechnical key for identification, a calendar of fungal fruiting seasons, and a list of all 548 species that have been located in Kansas. And for those rusty on their Latin, they've included a guide to the origin and pronunciation of Latin names.

Mushroom hunters will find a number of useful tips in this book, whether they want to eat their quarry, photograph it, or examine it under a microscope. And to add richness to the sport, the authors have included an overview of Kansas geography and climate, a history of mycology in the state, and practical advice for forays in the field.

With something for the novice, the advanced amateur, and even the professional mycologist, A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms provides general explanations and advice, as well as descriptions of mushrooms found not only in this state but throughout the country, particularly east of the Rockies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700605712
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Kansas Nature Guides
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 794,230
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, Joseph T. Collins



-Mushrooms and Other Fungi

-Mycology in Kansas: A Brief History

-Kansas Habitats: Where to Find Mushrooms

-First Fungi

-A Kansas Calender of Fungal Fruitings

-Collecting Mushrooms: Techniques, Equipment, and Tips

-Photographing Mushrooms

-Mushrooms in the Kitchen, Sherry N. Kay

-Kansas Edibles: Good, Better, Best

-The Edibility Issue: Poisons, and Individual Reactions

-Identifying Mushrooms

An Anthology of Kansas Mushrooms

-How to Use the Keys

-Key to Orders




-The Fungal Kingdom: A Systematic Classification to Genus

-A Lifelist for the Kansas Mycophile

-Mycological Latin


Annotated Bibliography

Picture Credits


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    Great Book For The Prairie States.

    Of all my mushroom and fungi guides, this must be my favorite. The authors clearly describe hundreds of species and give us good working taxonamic keys. The photographs are excellent and show many angles of a species. For those mushroom hunters in the midwest, this is a great buy and I personnally stand behind it as an avid mushroom hunter.

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