Mushrooms of the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians

Mary L. Woehrel and William H. Light

A comprehensive reference for the identification of southeastern mushroom species


“The new, exhaustive guide from the University of Georgia Press, with support from the Wormsloe Foundation, will become a staple reference for anyone interested in serious mushroom identification in our area.”
—M.C. Tufts, Northeast Georgia Living

"An invaluable resource to readers with a dedicated interest in mushrooms."
—A. K. Rinehart, CHOICE


This well-organized reference guide to wild mushrooms will aid professional mycologists, students, and mushroom enthusiasts alike with its accurate and detailed identification tools. It provides nomenclaturally and scientifically accurate accounts of the unusually wide range of mushrooms in the Southeast, from northerly species found in North Georgia and the southern Appalachian region to the subtropical and even tropical species found in the Piedmont. Comprehensive in scope, this guide offers a thoughtful multilayered approach to resolving routine as well as difficult taxonomic and identification problems.


  • Detailed species accounts of 182 genera and 354 species, with several hundred additional species discussed in the comments sections
  • More than 1,000 color photographs that aid in identification
  • Line drawings that detail the complicated and subtle structures that distinguish the various fungi mushroom groups
  • Classification Species accounts of seldom-seen species as well as those most commonly encountered in the region
  • Sections on the toxic, medicinal, and psychoactive properties of certain mushrooms
  • Detailed comments on distinguishing edible mushrooms from potentially dangerous look-alikes

Bonus Material

Online Appendices:

The synonymies in these online appendices are offered as an extension of Mushrooms of the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians (M.L. Woehrel & W.H. Light, 2017. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, LCC QK605.5.G46 W64 2017) for those who wish to see the often extensive synonymies and misapplied names of the taxa treated in the book. The complex nomenclatural issues are fully discussed in the book. As what are considered to be legitimate nomenclatural changes occur in the scientific names of the species treated in the book, these appendices will be periodically updated. The Kingdom Fungi is treated in Appendix A, and the plasmodial ("acellular") Slime Molds (Kingdom Amoebozoa: Phylum Mycetozoa/Myxomycota) in Appendix B. Although the Fungi are no longer considered to be plants and the Mycetozoa are no longer considered to be Fungi, for historical reasons the scientific names of Fungi fall under the rules of the ICN (International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants; Melbourne Code, 2011) and the Slime Molds under both the ICN and the the ICZN (International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, Fourth Edition, 2012).

These synonymies do not include the autonyms that are automatically created as a side-effect whenever new subdivisions of genera or species are validly published that include the nomenclatural type of the genus or species. Many online sources were used in the compilation of these synonymies, including, but not limited to, Index Fungorum (, Species Fungorum, Mycobank (, and MushroomExpert.Com (, as well as other sources. And we accessed a great deal of the original literature in the form of published monographs and individual papers in books and journals, many of them available to us through UGA Galileo and Libri Fungorum (

A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book

Page count: 664
1140 color photos, 41 diagrams, 1 map, 4 tables
Trim size: 8.5 x 11


List price: $59.95

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Mary L. Woehrel is the founder and past president of the Mushroom Club of Georgia and a cofounder of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, as well as the club’s first president. She holds a bachelor of science degree in technical writing and editing, and was editor of the MCG newsletter.
William H. Light holds a PhD in organismic biology and has taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in biology, pharmacology, and other scientific subjects at various colleges and universities. For many years he was a research associate with the California Academy of Sciences. He is the author of a widely cited treatise on marine polychaetes, four textbooks on the biomedical aspects and complications of alcoholism, and numerous research publications in scientific journals. Invertebrates of the San Francisco Bay Estuary System. Both authors have published in the journal FUNGI.