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California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide

By Dennis E. Desjardin, Michael G. Wood, and Frederick A. Stevens

Should be in the library of all who would attempt to identify the mushrooms of California or surrounding areas.


California is one of the most ecologically rich and diverse regions of North America, and home to hundreds of species of mushrooms. In California Mushrooms, mycologist experts Dennis Desjardin, Michael Wood, and Fred Stevens provide over 1100 species profiles, including comprehensive descriptions and spectacular photographs of 650 species. Each profile includes information on macro- and micromorphology, habitat, edibility, and comparisons with closely related species and potential look-alikes.

Although the focus of the book is on mushrooms of California, over 90% of the species treated occur elsewhere, making the book useful throughout western North America. California Mushrooms also provides information on when and where to find mushrooms; guidelines on how to collect and identify mushrooms; keys to species; and overviews of nomenclature and taxonomy, morphology and phylogeny, fungal ecology, biology of mushrooms, and mushroom toxins. This complete reference covers everything necessary for the mushroom hunter to accurately identify over 650 species.

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"An excellent addition to the mushroom literature for the West Coast and should be in the library of all who would attempt to identify the mushrooms of California or surrounding areas."


About the authors

Dennis E. Desjardin

Dennis E. Desjardin is professor of biology at San Francisco State University. Desjardin is a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America, which awarded him the Alexopoulos Prize for outstanding research and the William H. Weston Award for teaching excellence, and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.

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Michael G. Wood

Michael G. Wood, a California native, is a computer consultant by profession and a mycologist and photographer by obsession. He is a past president of the Mycological Society of San Francisco (MSSF), and his mushroom photographs have been published in many scientific journals, books, and magazines.

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Frederick A. Stevens

Frederick A. Stevens has a doctorate in botany from UCLA. He has photographed and studied the macrofungi of the San Francisco Bay Area for more than two decades, with a special interest in gasteromycetes and the genus Agaricus.

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