North American Species of Clitocybe, Parts I + II, complete in two volumes

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North American Species of Clitocybe, Parts I + II, complete in two volumes

By Bigelow, Howard E.

SKU# 18620

$ 600.00

Pp. 471; 204 text-figures (black-and-white photos and line-drawings on plates printed on glossary paper at rear of each volume).  Publisher’s original gray cloth, lettered in black on the spine and front cover, lg. 8vo.  From the series: Beihefte zur Nova Hedwigia, heft 72 + heft 81.  Clitocybe is a genus of mushrooms characterized by white, off-white, buff, cream, pink, or light-yellow spores, gills running down the stem, and pale white to brown or lilac coloration. They are primarily saprotrophic, decomposing forest ground litter.  There are estimated to be around 300 species in the widespread genus.  A few members of the genus are considered edible; many others are poisonous, containing the toxin muscarine among others. Distinguishing individual species of Clitocybe is generally prohibitively difficult to non-experts, requiring the analysis of microscopic characters.  Therefore, apart from a few charismatic and readily identified members, Clitocybe mushrooms are rarely collected for consumption (from Wiki).  This volume is from the private collection of University of Michigan mycologist Alexander H. Smith.  Both volumes are warmly inscribed to Smith by the author, Howard Bigelow, on the front free endpaper of each volume.  No signs of use.

Publisher J. Cramer
Publisher Place Vaduz, Switzerland + Berlin, Germany
Date Published 1982-1985
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 2
Condition Fine
Condition Description A fine (new) set.
Limited Edition