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Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California

Field / Identification Guide

By: Noah Siegel(Author), Christian Schwarz(Author)

602 pages, 775 colour photos

Ten Speed Press

Paperback | Jul 2016 | #231469 | ISBN-13: 9781607748175
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NHBS Price: £33.99 $44/€37 approx

About this book

A comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon border.

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast will help beginning and experienced mushroom hunters alike to find and identify mushrooms, from common to rare, delicious to deadly, and interesting to beautiful. This user-friendly reference covers coastal California from Monterey County to the Oregon border with full treatments of more than 750 species, and references to hundreds more. With tips on mushroom collecting, descriptions of specific habitats and biozones, updated taxonomy, and outstanding photography, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is far and away the most modern and comprehensive treatment of mushrooms in the region. Each species profile pairs a photograph with an in-depth description, as well as notes on ecology, edibility, toxicity, and look-alike species. Written by mushroom identification experts and supported by extensive field work, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is an indispensable guide for anyone curious about fungi.

"Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast sets the standard for all future efforts. The coverage is all one could ask for, the text is clear and helpful, and the photographs are a joy to see."
– Gary Lincoff

"Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is at a whole new level for regional mushroom guides. It is certainly a must-own for anyone that s serious about mushroom identification in California."
– Tom Bruns

"This is a wonderful and comprehensive guide to the intriguing mushrooms of coastal northern California. Well-researched, beautifully illustrated, and written with insight and humor!"
– Else C. Vellinga, University of California, Berkeley

"This book sets a new standard for comprehensive regional mushroom identification guides. The photographs alone are worth the price of admission."
– David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified

"Accomplished field mycologists/photographers Siegel and Schwarz have made the colorful and fascinating mushrooms of the redwood coast accessible through this indispensable new book."
– Dr. Steven Trudell, author of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest


Introduction 7
What Are Mushrooms? 8
Humans and Ecology of Fungi 9
Fungi 10
The Redwood Coast 11
Trees of the Redwood Coast 12
Finding Mushrooms 16
Collecting Mushrooms 16
Identifying Mushrooms 16
Making Spore Prints 17
Tools of the Trade 17
Making Collections 17
Photographing Mushrooms 18
Collecting for the Table 18
Taxonomy and Cladistics 19
How to Read the Species Descriptions 20
A General Format of the SpeciesDescriptions 20
Pictorial Key to the Major Sections 22

1 Chanterelles and Gomphoids 29
2 Amanita 38
3 Lepiota and Allies 60
4 Agaricus and Melanophyllum 79
5 Dark-Spored Mushrooms 98
6 Brown-Spored Decomposers 131
7 Mycorrhizal Brown-Spored Mushrooms 154
8 Cortinarius 172
9 Entoloma and Allies 209
10 Pluteus and Allies 226
11 Russula and Lactarius 233
12 Waxy Caps 275
13 The White-Spored Multitude 302
14 Pleurotoid Mushrooms 403
15 Gilled Bolete Relatives 416
16 Boletes 426
17 Polypores and Allies 464
18 Crust Fungi 489
19 Tooth Fungi 496
20 Coral and Club Mushrooms 511
21 Puffballs, Earthballs, Earthstars, Stinkhorns, and Bird s Nests 533
22 Truffles 548
23 Jelly Fungi 554
24 Morels, False Morels, and Elfin Saddles 558
25 Cup Fungi 565

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Noah Siegel's field mycology skills are extensive he has spent two decades seeking, photographing, identifying, and furthering his knowledge about all aspects of macrofungi. He has hunted for mushrooms throughout the United States and Canada, as well as on multiple expeditions to New Zealand and Australia. He is one of the premier mushroom photographers in the nation, having won numerous awards from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) photography contest. His technique and attention to detail are unrivaled, arising from a philosophy of maximizing utility for identification purposes while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic appeal. His photographs have appeared on the covers and have been featured in articles of multiple issues of FUNGI Magazine and Mushroom the Journal, the primary mushroom enthusiast magazines in the United States, numerous mushroom books, as well as NAMA and other club publications.
He is past president of the Monadnock Mushroomers Unlimited, (MMU) a mushroom club based out of Keene, NH, and is an active member of the Humboldt Bay Mycological Society and the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz. Noah travels and lectures extensively across America, following the mushrooms.

Christian Schwarz is a naturalist interested in the diversity of living organisms in general, but the seemingly endless forms (whether grotesque, bizarre, or sublime) of fungi in particular stoke his curiosity. He spends most of his time teaching about natural history, collecting and photographing mushrooms, assembling an exhaustive mycoflora for Santa Cruz County, and exploring wilderness around the world. He is particularly interested in the role of citizen scientists in the future of ecological and taxonomic research.

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