The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat

The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat

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by Cathy L. Cripps, Vera S. Evenson, and Michael Kuo

Our Take

This is a different type of mushroom guide because its focus is the habitat of the mushrooms. Is breaks the mushrooms down by their habitats (12 total) like Ponderosa Pine Forest or Cottonwood Riparian. Plus, it dives deep into the habitat themselves, and describing their flora, fauna and locations. Strictly speaking, this is not an ID book, and shouldn't be purchased for that reason. The obvious thing to say here is that most mushrooms are found in a distinct habitat, and if you study them from that perspective, they really are easier to understand and identify.  Quite a nice book to take your mushroom knowledge to the next level and a wonderful complement to an ID book.


From grassland fairy circles to alpine nano-shrooms, the Rocky Mountain region invites mushroom hunters to range though a mycological nirvana. Accessible and scientifically up-to-date, The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat is the definitive reference for uncovering post-rain rarities and kitchen favorites alike. Dazzling full-color photos highlight the beauty of hundreds of species. Easy-to-navigate entries offer essential descriptions and tips for identifying mushrooms, including each species' edibility, odor, taste, and rumored medicinal properties. The authors organize the mushrooms according to habitat zone. This ecology-centered approach places each species among surrounding flora and fauna and provides a trove of fascinating insights on how these charismatic fungi interact with the greater living world.

172 pages
9.9 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
SBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0252081463
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0252081460