The North American cup-fungi (Operculates)

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The North American cup-fungi (Operculates)

By Seaver, Fred J.

SKU# 18807

$ 35.00

Pp. vii, 284; color frontispiece plate, 44 black-and-white plates (mostly photographs), 1 color plate (from watercolor painting).  Publisher’s original red cloth, lettered in black on the spine, 8vo.  The Pezizaceae (commonly referred to as cup fungi) are a family of fungi in the Ascomycota which produce mushrooms that tends to grow in the shape of a "cup".  Spores are formed on the inner surface of the fruit body (mushroom).  The cup shape typically serves to focus raindrops into splashing spores out of the cup.  Additionally, the curvature enables wind currents to blow the spores out in a different manner than in most agarics and boletes.  Cup fungi grow in peculiar shapes, frequently resembling cups or saucers.  For example, the orange peel fungus (Aleuria aurantia) resembles a discarded orange rind.  They may be vividly colored, like the scarlet cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea), which is often one of the first signs of spring where it grows.  According to one 2008 estimate, the family contains 31 genera and 230 species (from Wiki).  This volume is from the private research collection of University of Michigan mycologist Alexander H. Smith with his signature on the front endpaper.

Publisher Published by the author
Publisher Place New York
Date Published 1928
Date Published Estimated No
Edition Limited edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Good
Condition Description Edge wear to cloth with some fraying especially at the top of the spine and on all four outer corners, cloth on spine is faded but title is fully readable, contents are tight and clean; overall, this is good copy only.
Limited Edition