Texas Mushrooms

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Texas Mushrooms

A Field Guide

By Susan and Van Metzler

Back in print with a new cover and preface, Texas Mushrooms, which has sold 10,000 copies, is still the only field guide to the state’s more than 200 species, complete with color photographs and a selection of recipes for delicious mushroom dishes.

February 2013


33% website discount price


5.75 x 8.25 | 358 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-75126-2

Hundreds of species of mushrooms flourish in Texas, from the desert and semiarid regions of West Texas to the moist and acid soils of East Texas, where species that can also be found in South America live alongside those that might be spotted in Malaysia and Europe. Texas Mushrooms was the first—and is still the only—guide to all of the state’s mushrooms.

This colorful, easy-to-follow book will surprise and delight uninitiated nature enthusiasts while also supplying the experienced mushroom hunter with expert identification information. Excellent color photographs and precise descriptions of over 200 species will enable the mushroom hunter—even the amateur—to make quick, careful, easy distinctions between the edible varieties and the potentially toxic ones. In addition, kitchen-tested recipes are included, along with charts giving spore sizes and a list of recommended further reading.

In Texas, mushroom hunting can be a year-round, state-wide activity, and with this enticing field guide, collecting, identifying, and preparing wild mushrooms will become an activity the entire family can enjoy while appreciating the beauty of Texas from a new and fascinating angle.

1. Mushroom Hunting in Texas
2. How to Use This Book to Identify Your Mushroom
3. Mushroom Toxins
4. Cooking and Eating Wild Mushrooms

Subdivision Basidiomycotina
Class Hymenomycetes
Order Agaricales
Family Amanitaceae: The Amanitas
Family Lepiotaceae: The Lepiotas
Family Hygrophoraceae: The Hygrophori
Family Russulaceae
Genus Russula: The Russulas
Genus Lactarius: The Lactarii
Family Tricholomataceae: The Tricholomas
The Shelving Tricholomas
The Larger Tricholomas
The Smaller Tricholomas
Family Pluteaceae: Pluteus and Volvariella
Family Entolomataceae: The Entolomas
Family Bolbitiaceae: The Conocybes
Family Cortinariaceae: The Cortinarii
Family Strophariaceae: The Stropharias
Family Agaricaceae: The Agaricus
Family Coprinaceae
Genus Coprinus
Family Boletaceae: The Boletes
Order Aphyllophorales
Family Cantharellaceae: The Chanterelles
Family Clavariaceae: The Coral and Club Fungi
Family Hydnaceae: The Tooth Fungi
Family Polyporaceae: The Polypores
Miscellaneous Genera
Orders Tremellales, Auriculariales, and Dacrymycetales: The Jelly Fungi

Class Gasteromycetes
Order Lycoperdales: The Puffballs and Earthstars
Order Nidulariales: The Birds’ Nest Fungi
Order Sclerodermatales: The Earthballs
Order Phallales: The Stinkhorns
Other Gasteromycetes

Subdivision Ascomycotina: The Ascos
Class Pyrenomycetes: The Flask Fungi
Class Discomycetes: The Cup, Brain, and Sponge Fungi
Appendix: Spore Data Chart
For Further Study

Susan and Van Metzler have been hunting, photographing, and identifying Texas mushrooms for about forty years.

Author of Mushrooms of North America, the late Orson K. Miller, Jr., was Professor of Botany and Curator of Fungi at Virginia Tech.

"So it's easy to recommend Texas Mushrooms to any [reader] who travels to Texas, especially since it's the only field guide to Texas mushrooms. The book definitely has some Texas swagger: from the assertion that mushroom-hunting in Texas is a year-round activity to pride in the diversity of mushrooms in East Texas...to the recipe for Texas-hot Pickled Mushrooms. The tone of the book is informal; this is the friendliest mushroom field guide I've encountered."
—Patricia McNaught, New Jersey Mycological Association