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The great encyclopedia of mushrooms.
Chanterelle Translations.
English edition.
Publication Information:
Cologne : Könemann, 1999.
Physical Description:
240 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
"Translation from French and adaptation: Chanterelle Translations, London (Josephine Bacon)"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
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QK617 .G74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
QK617 .G74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The Great Encyclopedia of Mushrooms throws new light on the mushroom kingdom. Every effort has been made to facilitate the identification of fungi - even by an amateur - thanks to the quality and quantity of the photographs which are used throughout the book, as well as the original keys to identification which are also richly illustrated. With nearly 500 species and 1,000 photographs, this guide covers a wide range of wild mushrooms and thus constitutes a reference work of major importance. Book jacket.

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Booklist Review

This is an international collaboration, edited by the French, translated by a British writer, and published and printed in Germany. Lamaison and Polese have gone far beyond the classic Field Book of Common Mushrooms by William Thomas (3d ed., Putnam, 1948). The encyclopedia is filled with 1,000 color photographs of more than 400 species of mushrooms, including dry rot, puffballs, and truffles. There are sections on each genus with the class, order, and family included for each species. In addition to more than one photo for each species, there is a description of it, how to recognize it, where and how to find it, edibility or toxicity, and, most important with mushroom identification, lookalikes. Symbols are printed at the top of each page for fungi that are edible or poisonous: a green mushroom for edible fungi, a red exclamation point in a triangle for those that are poisonous, and a red skull for deadly mushrooms that have caused at least one death. The introductory material also includes four pages of small photos of the poisonous and deadly mushrooms with possible locations (fields, woods, etc.). Other introductory material includes photos and general characteristics and identification tools, with a sidebar glossary of about 75 terms. Because this is a European publication, it is not surprising that most specific growing locations that are mentioned are European. However, there are references to a few in North America. Although there are numerous books on mushroom identification, The Great Encyclopedia will be a useful, up-to-date, visually appealing acquisition for public, academic, and high-school libraries. A copy for circulating collections should also be considered.

Table of Contents

Main characteristics of mushroomsp. 6
What is a mushroom?p. 8
Identification toolsp. 9
Poisonous mushroomsp. 12
Deadly mushroomsp. 14
The Boletalesp. 16
The Russulalesp. 38
The Tricholomatalesp. 58
The Plutealesp. 112
The Cortinarialesp. 122
The Agaricalesp. 152
The Gasteromycetesp. 188
The Aphyllophorales and Phragmobasidiomycetesp. 198
The Ascomycetesp. 222
Indexp. 238