Mushrooms of Cape Cod and the National Seashore

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Although known for its sandy beaches and pounding surf, historic Cape Cod is also home to a unique community of mushrooms that can be found in its heath, pine and oak barrens, and on the borders of its bogs, kettle ponds, and cedar swamps.

Here is the definitive, comprehensive field guide to the highly varied mycoflora of Cape Cod and the National Seashore. It is written in easy-to-follow, nontechnical language and contains accurate and upto-date descriptions along with over 150...

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Overview

Although known for its sandy beaches and pounding surf, historic Cape Cod is also home to a unique community of mushrooms that can be found in its heath, pine and oak barrens, and on the borders of its bogs, kettle ponds, and cedar swamps.

Here is the definitive, comprehensive field guide to the highly varied mycoflora of Cape Cod and the National Seashore. It is written in easy-to-follow, nontechnical language and contains accurate and upto-date descriptions along with over 150 color illustrations that help the reader identify over 250 indigenous mushroom species.

The scope of this work goes well beyond the identification of mushrooms. The authors provide information that increases the reader's awareness of the fragile nature of Cape Cod's various ecosystems and the critical role that mushrooms play in helping to preserve them.

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A mushroom identification guide focusing on the mycoflora of Massachusetts's Cape Cod region, accompanied by some 150 detailed color photographs and descriptions of some 250 indigenous mushroom species. An introduction covers Cape Cod history and habitats, basic mycology and fungal anatomy, tips for mushroom collection, and instructions on the use of the color key to the major groups of mushrooms. Includes a glossary and references, as well as scientific and common name indexes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815606888
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 844,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Sponsors ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 3
Some Cape Cod History 3
Habitats on Cape Cod 5
Mycorrhizal Relationships 8
Mycological Basics: Learning About Mushrooms 9
Fungal Anatomy: Parts of a Mushroom 10
Tools and Tips for Collecting: Clothing and Equipment 11
When to Collect Mushrooms 11
Where to Collect Mushrooms 12
How to Collect Mushrooms 13
Spore Prints: The Essential Hidden Feature 13
How to Use the Color Key to the Major Groups of Mushrooms 15
Color Key to the Major Groups of Mushrooms 17
Notes on the Descriptions of Illustrated Species 27
The Major Groups of Mushrooms: Descriptions and Illustrations
Bird's-nest Fungi 31
Boletes 31
Carbon Fungi 46
Chanterelles and Allies 47
Coral Fungi 48
Cup and Saucer Fungi 49
Cushion Fungi 51
Earth Clubs 51
Fiber Fans and Vases 52
Gilled Mushrooms 52
Morels, False Morels, and Allies 90
Polypores 92
Puffballs, Earthballs, Earthstars, and Allies 98
Rusts and Smuts 102
Stinkhorns 103
Tooth Fungi 104
Glossary 157
References 165
Index to Common Names 167
Index to Scientific Names 171
Table: Timetable of Climates and Forest Types 4
Map: Cape Cod and the National Seashore 2
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