Histoire naturelle des champignons

Histoire naturelle des champignons comestibles et vénéneux, Paris, Delagrave, 1883

I recently came upon an extensive collection of historical drawings of fungi at the Biodiversity Library. Many of the illustrations come from 19th century French, British and American guidebooks. I got lost exploring them, and before I knew it, an hour had sneaked away. Among my favorites are various collections focused on lichen, those remarkable … Continue reading

How to and how not to take a spore print


A big brown husky mushroom was growing in my backyard, and my boyfriend Corey decided to take a spore print. A spore print is one of the most reliable ways to identity a mushroom. When mushrooms open their gills, they release millions upon billions of seed-like spores. The spores are so tiny that we cannot … Continue reading