Common Interior Alaska Cryptogams

Fungi, Lichenicolous Fungi, Lichenized Fungi, Slime Molds, Mosses, and Liverworts

Gary A. Laursen and Rodney D. Seppelt

Common Interior Alaska Cryptogams

Gary A. Laursen and Rodney D. Seppelt

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

256 pages | 338 color figures, 113 b&w figures | 6 x 9 | © 2009
Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781602230583 Published September 2009
E-book $7.00 to $28.95 ISBN: 9781602231092 Published March 2010

With Common Interior Alaska Cryptogams, Gary A. Laursen and Rodney Seppelt offer the first field guide to cryptogams of the Denali National Park and Preserve. Useful to both lay and professional investigators, this fully illustrated compendium covers mushroom fungi, lichenized fungi, lichenicolous fungi, slime molds, mosses, and liverworts. This field guide to commonly seen cryptogams will provide a basis for understanding their vast diversity of taxa, speciation, edibility, relative abundance, and utility, as well as the ecological roles played by these organisms.


List of Figures



Interior Landscapes

The Setting



Fungi: Mushrooms and Other Cryptogams

Fungal Ecology

Mushroom Architecture

Mushroom Edibility and Poisoning

Where to Look for Fungi

Fungal Grouping (Taxonomy)

Tools of Trade

Fungal Groups: The Hymenomycetes (Having an Organized Hymenium)

Agaricoid (Gilled) Fungi

Boletinoid (Soft, Fleshy Poroid) Fungi

Polyporoid (Bracket- and Wood-Inhabiting) Fungi

Toothed (Spiny or Hedgehog) Fungi

Coraloid (Club) Fungi

Cantharelloid Fungi

Thelephoroid (Vase) Fungi

Fungal Groups: The Gasteromycetes (Having No Organized Hymenium)

Gasteroid (Stomach) Fungi: Puffballs

Gasteroid (Stomach) Fungi: Bird’s Nest

Gasteroid (Stomach) Fungi: Earthstars

Fungal Groups: Conifer Rust, Jelly, Cup, and Earth Tongue Fungi

Conifer Rust Fungi

Jelly Fungi

Cup Fungi

Earth Tongue Fungi

Lichenicolous Fungi: Parasitic and Saprophytic Fungi or Lichens


Lichenized Fungi: The Lichens

Ascolichens: Crustose

Ascolichens: Foliose

Ascolichens: Fruticose

Basidiolichens: Coral

Basidiolichens: Agaric

Plasmodial Slime Molds (Mycetozoans)


Bryophytes: The Mosses and Liverworts


Bryophyte Flora of North America

Descriptions of Common Moss Species

Descriptions of Common Liverwort Species



English Equivalents

Mushroom Field and Reference Guides


Appendix: Mycological Reagents: Makeup and Use


About the Authors

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