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Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide 1st Edition
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Stamets explains the often-conflicting taxonomy of Psilocybe mushrooms (one species, for example, received two different names because two writing teams who had travelled together wrote it up separately -- one published first and *their* name has "priority," even though some people use the name given by the other team; despite the name difference the mushroom described is the same species).
Stamets is no prude. He writes quite bluntly about psilocybin-containing mushrooms (including his own tripping on them), and he is EXTREMELY (and justly) critical of other mycologists who not only refuse to describe such mushrooms, but, in one case Stamets cites, have said that it is better for people to die from eating poisonous mushrooms than for people to be able to safely identify psilocybin-containing mushrooms! Stamets gives descriptions and photos of poisonous look-alike mushrooms and gives a step-by-step identification procedure for the psilocybin 'shrooms. In most cases identification is straightforward and can be done within a few minutes; in other cases look-alikes can be lethal and suspect mushrooms have to be carefully gone over to avoid poisoning.Read more ›
That said, this book is a real gem, with detailed summary descriptions of several dozen known and suspected psilocybes. Each description is accompanied by at least one color photograph. Stamets uses very scientific terminology in describing each psilocybe-- considering the consequences of a false identification, it's important for the author to be as precise in his descriptions as possible-- but there are also several helpful pages of charts at the end of the book which explain what all of this technical jargon means.
This is far and away the best field guide to psilocybe mushrooms that I've seen so far. I can truly recommend this work without reservation!
general review on their nature and habitat. There is an extensive section listing many different kinds of Psilocybes and similar mushrooms with a thorough description and photograph on most of them.
If there is a single flaw in this book, it would be that the pictures are small, and therefore difficult to scan for details. Also, some of the pictures aren't very good in general, making it difficult to see how the mushrooms in the pictures match the descriptions in the book. I would suggest more and bigger photographs for the second edition of this book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with any kind of interest in Psilocybe mushrooms
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic guide, with lots and lots of good info, just wish that there were more pictures.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book exceeded my expectations, Paul Stamets is an amazing author. The book is really detailed and has very clear and thorough information. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Paul Stamets is by far the best resource I have found in the pursuit of all things mushroom. Great illustrations and very informative as always never eat mushrooms you can't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ram Horn
Its the second time i buy this buy... It arrived today and im so happy... I lost my other copy last month on
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A must have for mushroom (psilocybin) enthusiasts. Lots of pictures and pages of quality information. Get to know the Great Healer!Published 3 months ago by Paul