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Texas Mushrooms

Texas Mushrooms
A Field Guide
Orson K. Miller, Jr. , Scientific Advisor

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.

Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Endowment, Number 18

June 1992
This book is out of print and no longer available.
360 pages | 5.75 x 8.25 | 249 color photos, 2 figures, 1 map, 11 tables |

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.

  • Acknowledgments
  • 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
  • Index

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 receipe for Texas-hot Pickled Mushrooms. The tone of the book is informal; this is the friendliest mushroom field guide I’ve encountered.”
New Jersey Mycological Association


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