Wild, wacky, and weird mushrooms from around the world
All mushrooms are cool, but the ones discussed in 100 Cool Mushrooms are especially cool. Authors Michael Kuo and Andy Methven cover a broad spectrum of notable North American mushrooms: from common fungi that are widely distributed and frequently found, to rare mushrooms that are not found in field guides; from the beautiful to the ugly (and even disgusting).
Each is described and shown, including its ecology and physical features. Inside, you'll find mushrooms such as:
Phallus rubicundus, a stinkhorn that in certain areas appears to be spreading on wood chips sold as commercial mulch. Now you might just find it in your backyard.
Cordyceps militaris, a little orange club fungus that grows in insects, then explodes from their bodies.
Piptoporus betulinus, a mushroom commonly found on birch trees, was found carefully packed in the belongings of the Tyrolean Iceman. Archaeologists speculate that he used it for medicinal purposes.
. . . and 97 more!
Cover image by Tom Robbins.
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