The Mushroom Identification Course

Step by step coverage of what you need to know to identify mushrooms


1) The species concept
Identification: it can’t just be about matching pictures. Learning how the mushroom lives and grows is essential.

2) Universal veils

Some mushrooms emerge from the ground enclosed in a universal veil.

Partial veils

Partial veils
Photo by Eric Smith

3) Partial veils

A partial veil covers the gills or pores of the baby mushroom. As the cap expands, the partial veil is torn and remains on the stem as a ring, or remains as shreds hanging from the edge of the cap.

4) Spore color

Spore color is often helpful in identifying a mushroom. The gills of a mushroom may change color as it grows and the spores mature.

More coming soon…