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Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America    by Michael Davis, Robert Sommer & John Menge order for
Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America
by Michael Davis
Order:  USA  Can
University of California, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The authors of this handy guide focus on an area rich in diverse species of mushrooms. Whether you are an amateur mushroom collector or mycologist, there's information in this book you need to have.

There are over 300 species of the region's most common, distinctive and ecologically important mushrooms profiled in this field guide. You'll find the most up-to-date science on the role of fungi in the natural world and over 350 color illustrations.

Check out the Quick Identification Guide to Major Groups in the front of the book, Take a look at the following General Keys section so you are familiar with it and then you'll be ready for some field work. Light and small enough to be carried in a backpack, this book also pictures mushrooms common to the urban landscape.

Naturally you'll want to pay very close attention to the information on edibility and look-alikes, both dangerous and benign. And, when in doubt, follow the safe path and don't consume any mushroom you may have questions about.

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