Today I received a pleasant surprise when I went out to the compost. I found what looked like a snowball in my tickseed. Besides wondering what this interesting shroom is, I was wondering if there is a good pocket sized book you could recommend? I need a physical copy, not an eBook. Signal in the mountains, not good.
Thanks in advance,
I am not at all a mushroom experts, but my parents taught me not to touch anything with white cap and annulus around the stem - for the fear of death cap (amanita phalloides), which luckily does not grow in North America - but similarly looking mushrooms may be similarly poisonous.
...take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk
It looks like either a lepiota or an amanita of some sort. Either way.. I've found the best guides to be the Audobon Society's field guide for north american mushrooms and the huge tome "Mushrooms Demystified" by David Arora. Both books have a good ID key and a lot of color photos to compare your finds to.
David Arora has a good pocket field guild as well. Check out "All The Rain Promises And More".
"There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible." - Samuel Johnson
It does have a sack or bulbous base. I took all your words to heart and handled it with rubber gloves. Mushrooms and fungi are a new world to me with all the various tree limbs decomposing around the yard. I put in a check terrace because the yard is steep. I shall definitely order a copy from my independent bookseller. Thank you so much!