Two interesting books on the Greek larger fungi

Two interesting books on the Greek larger fungi

I am happy to present to the readers two very nice books which I have received from their author Giorgos Konstantinidis. They are among the few such books on the Balkans and together with the purely scientific publications serve as a valuable source of information on the boletes of Greece. Those two books made me refresh my long forgotten Greek, one of the most interesting European languages to learn.

Giorgos Konstantinidis is an amateur mycologist, working in Greece. He is author of several books on the fungi in Greece and curator of the most comprehensive web-site for the Greek fungi – www.manitari.gr.

Mushrooms – a photographic guide to the collectors

This field guide impresses the reader from the very first glance. It is printed on high quality paper, the numerous photographs being excellently reproduced. The book is finished by the sturdy hardcover.

The book includes several introductory chapters, which lead the mushrooms enthusiasts through, giving them the necessary basic knowledge about the mushrooms – their morphology, biology and ecology. Yet here, I must say that this book is not intended only for mushroom eaters, but is a valuable book for those people who would like to get deeper in the mushrooms. As such, it has a detailed enough chapter which explains how mushrooms are collected and studied for scientific purposes. There is also a handy glossary and list of the names of the trees in Latin and Greek.

Further on, follow the descriptions of 450 species with many others described in comments with their essential distinguishing characters. Of course, there is some focus on genera with practical value, as for example Amanita and Agaricus, but the coverage is really impressive. There are many species that are very rarely seen illustrated in mycological books, for which I never knew that were found in Greece. There are many of them, but I may name Amanita boudieri, A. curtipes, A. ponderosa, Crepidotus cinnabarinus, Volvariella caesiotincta, etc.

Konstantinidis Manitaria page

Now let me say more about the boletes in this book. They are generously presented, there is no doubt. And what catches my eye from the same beginning that it described a number of rare boletes that are not mentioned in any known to me scientific work on the Greek boletes, e. g. Boletus aemilii, B. fragrans, B. permagnificus, B. pulchrotinctus, Boletus ichnusanus, Boletus roseoalbidus, Leccinum lepidum and Suillus bellinii.

As for all other species, there are detailed descriptions of the different bolete species, including gross morphology and microscopic features, as well as advice for the similar species and how to distinguish them. What I find especially valuable is the information about the distribution of the species in Greece.

The following species of boletes are present in the book:

Aureoboletus gentilis, Boletus aereus, B. appendiculatus, B. calopus, B. caucasicus, B. dupainii, B. edulis (and its f. albus as B. persoonii), B. fechtneri, B. fragrans, B. impolitus, B. legaliae, B. lupinus, B. luridiformis, B. luridus (var. luridus, var. rubriceps), B. permagnificus, B. pinophilus, B. pseudoregius, B. pulchrotinctus, B. pulverulentus, B. queletii, B. radicans, B. regius, B. reticulatus, B. rhodopurpureus, B. rhodoxanthus, B. satanas, B. spretus (as B. aemilii), B. subappendiculatus, Chalciporus amarellus, C. piperatus, Chroogomphus rutilus, Gomphidius glutinosus, Gyrodon lividus, Gyroporus castaneus, G. cyanescens, Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, Leccinum albostipitatum (as L. aurantiacum), L. crocipodium, L. duriusculum, L. lepidum, L. pseudoscabrum, L. scabrum, Omphalotus olearius, Paxillus involutus, P. rubicundulus, Phylloporus pelletieri, Porphyrellus porphyrosporus, Strobilomyces strobilaceus, Suillus bellinii, S. bovinus, S. collinitus, S. granulatus, S. lakei, S. luteus, S. variegatus, Tapinella atrotomentosa, T. panuoides (var. panuoides, var. ionipus), Tylopilus felleus, Xerocomus badius (as Boletus), X. chrysenteron (as Boletus), X. declivitatus (as Boletus), X. ferrugineus (as Boletus), X. ichnusanus (as Boletus), X. moravicus (as Boletus), X. porosporus (as Boletus), X. pruinatus (as Boletus), X. roseoalbidus (as Rubinoboletus), X. rubellus (as Boletus), X. subtomentosus (as Boletus).

The vast majority of the remaining European species are described in comments by their distinguishing characters.

 

Bibliographic details:

Κωνσταντινίδης, Γ. 2009. Μανιτάρια, φωτογραφικός οδηγός μανιταροσυλλέκτη. Αυτοέκδοση, Αθήνα. [Konstantinidis, G. 2009. Mushrooms, a photographic guide for collectors. Published by the author, Athens.] ISBN 978-960-93-1450-3

 

 

Mushrooms – a pocket guide

Excellent name for this nice book, which is indeed very suitable for putting in your pocket as it is only 13 by 9 centimeters. Despite of its small size, it contains a lot of information – totally 240 species are described in it and the size certainly cannot talk about the quality. There is a good number of boletes, which urges me to present it here.

Konstantinidis pocket guide

Here is a list of the included boletes and bolete allies:

Boletus aereus, B. calopus, B. depilatus, B. dupainii, B. edulis, B. impolitus, B. legaliae, B. lupinus, B. luridiformis, B. luridus, B. permagnificus, B. pinophilus, B. pseudoregius, B. pulchrotinctus, B. pulverulentus, B. queletii, B. radicans, B. regius, B. reticulatus, B. rhodopurpureus, B. rhodoxanthus, B. satanas, C. piperatus, Chroogomphus rutilus, Gomphidius glutinosus, G. roseus, Gyroporus castaneus, G. cyanescens, Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, Leccinum albostipitatum (as L. aurantiacum), L. crocipodium, L. pseudoscabrum, Omphalotus olearius, Paxillus involutus, P. rubicundulus, Porphyrellus porphyrosporus, Strobilomyces strobilaceus, S. bovinus, S. luteus, S. variegatus, Tylopilus felleus, X. chrysenteron (as Boletus), X. moravicus (as Boletus), X. roseoalbidus (as Rubinoboletus), X. rubellus (as Boletus), X. subtomentosus (as Boletus).

Other species of boletes are included in comments.

 

Bibliographic details:

Κωνσταντινίδης, Γ. 2009. Μανιτάρια, οδηγός τσέπης. Αυτοέκδοση, Αθήνα. [Konstantinidis, G. 2009. Mushrooms, a photographic guide for collectors. Published by the author, Athens.] ISBN 978-960-93-2158-7

 

Finally, if you are literature maniac like me, you will certainly like to have those two handy books.

Contact of the author: info@manitari.gr