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Psilocybe Mushrooms and Their Allies Paperback – September, 1982
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Psilocybe Mushrooms and Their Allies is the best guide to the psilocybin-containing mushrooms and their relatives. It provides detailed and accurate info about the dark spored agarics, a group of gilled mushrooms difficult to identify and classify. Mycologists and mushroom fanciers, as well as those interested in the psychoactive fungi, will all find this book by Paul Stamets to be very useful. Its taxonomic keys and 48 excellent color photos are valuable additions to the literature on mushrooms. Detailed appendix on mushroom life cycle. Includes 76 species descriptions, cultivation techniques, and new keys to facilitate accurate identification.
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1978 / ISBN 0-930180-03-8 (Softcover, 160 pp.)
This is clearly the best of the 1970s magic mushroom books. It provides sound advice (such as emphasizing the need to learn about all mushrooms to provide a broad context), keys, good descriptions, and, for the most part, decent color photos of a broader range of species than is included in the other books from this period. For instance, the Preface cautions that “None of the professed ‘field guides’ on psilocybian mushrooms acknowledged the importance of studying Psilocybe in relation to all fleshy fungi. Rather they boldly suggested an amateur should go into the field and try to find hallucinogenic mushrooms given only isolated descriptions of a few species. This narrow approach to mushroom identification is dangerously inadequate.” Still useful for identification, but Stamets’s more recent book (below) is more comprehensive and up-to-date, has better photos, and appears to be available for a bit less on the used-book market.
(Review originally published in FUNGI, 2011, vol 4 no.3.)