Field Guide to Mushrooms & Other Fungi of South Africa

May 8, 2020 | Book Reviews, Nature & Conservation | 0 comments

Field Guide to Mushrooms & Other Fungi of South Africa

by Gary B Goldman & Marieka Gryzenhout.

This is an amazingly beautiful book, and on a subject that so few people realise how wonderful mushrooms and fungi are.  Neither plant nor animal, mushrooms constitute a unique group of organisms. They occur in such a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours that identifying them can be difficult.

This colourful guide, with more than 850 superb photographs, is perfect to help quick identification in the field. Featuring 200 of the most distinctive and conspicuous mushrooms and other fungi found in South Africa there is information on ecology, distribution, habitat, description, similar species and edibility and toxicity.

A brief introduction outlines the basic anatomy and biology of mushrooms and the vital role they play in sustaining all life. There are also guidelines to foraging and to photographing mushrooms, Latin and common names in English and Afrikaans and a small selection of simple, delicious mushroom recipes.

Gary B Goldman, known at the ‘mushroom fundi’ is an amateur enthusiast based in Cape Town. He leads foraging expeditions, runs mushroom-growing courses and cultivates his own mushrooms.

Mycologist Marieka Gryzenhout (PhD) is a lecturer in the Department of Genetics at the University of the Free State and a member of various mycological associations. She is the author and co-author of numerous scientific papers and books on fungi.

Mention should be made of chief photographer, Liz Popich, who took many of the breathtaking photographs.

We defy anyone to walk in their garden, forest, fields or just down the road, without looking for one of these intriguing specimens.  You will never look at a mushroom or fungi the same way again!

ISBN 9 78 1 77584 654 3 Published by Struik Nature/Penguin Random House 

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