Smithsonian Handbooks: Mushrooms

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Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a readily accessible structure make this an indispensable pocket guide to mushrooms of the world. Packed with more than 2,300 full-color photographs and illustrations of over 500 mushrooms, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Mushrooms is a concise guide to identification, enabling you to recognize each species quickly and easily.
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Overview

Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a readily accessible structure make this an indispensable pocket guide to mushrooms of the world. Packed with more than 2,300 full-color photographs and illustrations of over 500 mushrooms, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Mushrooms is a concise guide to identification, enabling you to recognize each species quickly and easily.
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Editorial Reviews

New Orleans Times-Picayune
The latest in DK's well-done series of nature handbooks provides concise text and clear photographs. A thorough introduction explains what mushrooms are and how they grow.
Virginian Pilot
More than 500 mushrooms from around the world illustrated with 2, 300 full color photos...the DK layouts are splendid.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789489869
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Smithsonian Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 257,144
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Introduction 6
How This Book Works 9
What is a Mushroom? 10
Fruitbody Shapes 12
Cap Features 14
Spores and Spore Dispersal 16
Mushroom Lifestyles 18
Mushroom Habitats 20
Foraying for Mushrooms 22
Identification 24
Cap & Stem Fungi with Decurrent Gills 28
Funnel-shaped with Fibrous Flesh 28
With Convex Cap and Fibrous Flesh 37
Crumbly Flesh Exuding Milk 43
Cap & Stem Fungi with Adnexed to Adnate Gills 56
Fleshy with No Obvious Veil 56
With Cobweblike Veil 69
With Stem Ring or Ring Zone 78
With Fibrous Cap and Dark Spores 98
Medium-sized with Smooth Cap 103
With Crumbly Flesh 120
Very Small with Smooth Cap 132
Very Small, Cap not Smooth 142
Cap & Stem Fungi with Free Gills 145
With Volva and/or Veil Scales on Cap 145
With Stem Ring or Ring Zone 156
Without Veil 171
Inky with Age 174
With Gills Joined to a Collar 177
Cap Fungi with Stem Off-center or Absent 178
Cap & Stem Fungi with Pores 184
With Soft Flesh 184
With Tough Flesh 202
Honeycomb-, Brain-, or Saddlelike Cap 207
Bracket-or Skinlike 211
With Pores 211
Wrinkled or Smooth Underneath 228
Skinlike; Growing Flat or Crustlike 232
Fungi with Spines 234
Club-shaped Fungi 240
Smooth or Hairy 240
With Pimples or a Dusty Surface 244
Phallus-shaped 246
Antler- to Coral-like Fungi 248
Rounded Fungi 253
Above Ground 253
Below Ground 258
Pear- to Pestle-shaped Fungi 260
Cup- to Disk-shaped 264
Without "Eggs" 264
Cup-shaped Containing "Eggs" 274
Trumpet-shaped Fungi 275
Star-shaped & Cagelike Fungi 277
Ear-or Brainlike, Gelatinous Fungi 281
Spore Chart 284
Glossary 289
Index 290
Acknowledgments 304
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  • Posted August 2, 2009

    Mushrooms From Smithsonian... Great Book!

    I purchased this book over a year ago from a local Barnes And Noble, and I love this book. I take it out on walks, and I can look up the mushrooms I see on the way. It is quite detailed and has great information to use when out in nature. You can find out if the mushroom you see is edible, or poisonous. It is a great gift idea for kids, because it gives them an opportunity to appreciate nature, and the gifts nature has to offer them. I would recommend this book to any nature lover. Hey, this book could save your life!

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