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Tricholomas of North America: A Mushroom Field Guide

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Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series Volume: 68

By: Alan E Bessette (Author), William C Roody (Author), Arleen Rainis Bessette (Author), Steven A Trudell (Author)

208 pages, 186 colour photos

University of Texas Press

Paperback | Jan 2013 | #199211 | ISBN-13: 9780292742338
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More than 100 mushrooms in the genus Tricholoma have been reported in North America. Most are relatively large, showy mushrooms that grow on the ground near many species of temperate forest trees, both hardwoods and conifers. They typically fruit from late summer through early winter or even into spring in warmer areas. Some are fine edibles, including the matsutake. Others are inedible or even poisonous.

Filling the gap between technical publications and the limited representation of Tricholomas in general mushroom field guides, this book is the first comprehensive guide to North American Tricholomas. It contains more than 170 of the best documentary photographs available, often with more than one image of a species to illustrate the dramatic variation exhibited by many Tricholomas. The species descriptions provide extensive identification information including scientific and common names, macroscopic and microscopic features, occurrence/habit, edibility, and a comment section that addresses such things as synonomy, comparisons with similar species, varietial differences, explanations of species’ epithets, and other useful or interesting information. In addition, the authors provide a general introduction to Tricholomas that discusses identification features, ecology, simple chemical tests (for identification), and how to use the keys provided in this book.



    Introduction to Tricholoma (Fries) Staude
        The Genus Tricholoma
        Ecology of Tricholomas
        Edibility of Tricholomas
        Macroscopic Features Used for Identifying Tricholomas
        Microscopic Features Used for Identifying Tricholomas
        Notes on the Descriptions of Species
        A Note about Names
        Species not Included in This Book
    Keys to the Described Species
        Keys for Eastern North America
        Keys for Western North America
    Descriptions of Species
        Reognized Species
        Some Additional Tricholomas
    Excluded Species
    Index to Common Names
    Index to Scientific Names
    Photo Credits

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Alan E. Bessette is a mycologist and distinguished emeritus Professor of Biology from Utica College of Syracuse University. He has published numerous professional papers in the field of mycology and has authored more than twenty books. Arleen R. Bessette is a psychologist and mycologist who has been collecting and studying wild mushrooms for more than fifty years. She has authored or coauthored several books on mushrooms and teaches classes on mycology and the culinary aspects of mycophagy. William C. Roody is a wildlife diversity biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. He has authored or coauthored several books on mushrooms and other macrofungi and has won several national awards for his photography. Steven A. Trudell, an affiliate professor in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Washington, teaches courses in fungal biology, mushroom identification, and mushroom photography. He is the coauthor of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.


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