Over the years I've owned or used a number of books to help me try and identify fungi that I've come across. Often I've struggled to come to a definite identification and usually felt that the books I've looked at have been lacking in good photos or illustrations.
Take for example this fungi I photographed about 10 feet in the air just outside the churchyard in Kirby Lonsdale.
friendly blogger I came to the conclusion that it was a porcelain fungus or in Latin Oudemansiella mucida.
During our Honeymoon we took a trip to Dawyck Botanic Garden (more on the garden in later postings). They have a lovely new visitor centre which contains a nature orientated bookshop. Flicking through a book on mushrooms my eye was caught by one of the plates showing a perfect picture of the porcelain fungus -- so close to what I had seen that there was no room for doubt. Of course I now own a copy of said book, Mushrooms by Roger Phillips. I'd certainly recommend anyone who has an interest in mushrooms to buy a copy. For reference here is the photo that caught my eye.
website devoted to mushrooms.
My Rating: A truly excellent book, the best book on mushrooms I've ever used.