Mushrooms of the Southeast


By Todd F. Elliott

By Steven L. Stephenson

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An essential reference for mushroom enthusiasts, hikers, and naturalists

Mushrooms of the Southeast is a compact, beautifully illustrated guide packed with descriptions and photographs of hundreds of the region’s most important mushrooms. In addition to profiles on individual species, the book also includes a general discussion and definition of fungi, information on where to find mushrooms and collection guidelines, an overview of fungus ecology, and information on mushroom poisoning and how to avoid it.  
  • Fully illustrates 330 species and discusses more than 1,000 of the region’s most conspicuous, distinctive, interesting, and ecologically important mushrooms
  • Covers northern Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Helpful keys for identification
  • Clear, color-coded layout


For the purpose of this field guide, the Southeast is defined as extending from northern Florida to Maryland and encompassing the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. This region includes portions of seven different physiographic provinces in eastern North America. A physiographic province is defined as a geographic region with a characteristic type of landscape and usually a different type of subsurface rock (e.g., sandstone or limestone). Both landscape and subsurface rock contribute to the development of what is often a distinctive type of vegetation.

The Coastal Plain makes up the largest land area of the Southeast, extending from eastern Maryland southward to northern Florida and west to Louisiana. Virtually all of Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as major portions of southern and eastern Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, fall within this province. The Coastal Plain is characterized by a relatively flat landscape and sometimes poorly drained areas. Located west of the Coastal Plain is a second physiographic province, the Piedmont, which extends from eastern Alabama northward through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia to central Maryland. The Piedmont is composed of more rolling hills than the Coastal Plain.

The southern Appalachian Mountains occupy portions of nine states in the Southeast and include three physiographic provinces. The Appalachian Plateau (or Cumberland Plateau, as it is known in Kentucky) occurs from western Maryland to northern Alabama; this dissected tableland is broadest in West Virginia, where it occupies more than half the state. Located just east of the Appalachian Plateau is the Valley and Ridge, which also extends from western Maryland to northern Alabama; this region consists of a series of well-defined alternating ridges and valleys trending from north to south. The Blue Ridge, situated between the Piedmont and the Valley and Ridge, occurs from Maryland to northern Georgia. The highest mountains in the Southeast are part of the Blue Ridge, with numerous peaks reaching elevations of 4,000 feet and several exceeding 5,000 feet in southwestern Virginia, western North Carolina, and eastern Tennessee.

The Interior Low Plateaus of Kentucky, western Tennessee, and far northern Alabama occur to the west of the Appalachian Mountains and consist of rolling hills. In central and northern Arkansas, the Ouachita-Ozark Highlands province contains two relatively low-elevation mountain ranges (Boston and Ouachita) separated by the broad, flat Arkansas River Valley.


  • “Southeastern mushroom identifiers will need this book. . . to maximize their chances for success. It offers appropriately detailed, up-to-date coverage in an attractive, conveniently sized, and reasonably priced package. Buying it should be an easy decision for mushroomers in the Southeast.” —The Mycophile

    “An engaging field guide to fungal fruiting bodies of the American Southeast. . . . a useful guide for amateurs and professionals alike.” —Choice Magazine ​

    "Wonderful… I love any book with a ruler designed into the back cover so you can measure your specimens.” —Quail Ridge Books

    “An essential guidebook for mushroom hunting, the perfect social distancing sport.” —The Daily Press

On Sale
Jan 24, 2018
Page Count
408 pages
Timber Press

Todd F. Elliott

About the Author

Todd Elliott is a freelance naturalist, biologist, photographer, and forager. His research has led him to studies in fungal biology and taxonomy that have taken him to remote corners of the world to explore tropical rainforests, temperate woodlands, deserts, beaches, and high mountains on six continents. 

Steven L. Stephenson is a research professor at the University of Arkansas. He has collected and studied fungi for more than three decades, and his research program has taken him to all seven continents and every major type of terrestrial ecosystem. 

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