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Here is the accessory to “Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic” that so many mushroom hunters have requested.

The experts know you need a “key” to make learning the wild mushrooms easier. So I have written a key to all the mushrooms in my Field Guide, segmented by spore print color. It’s a kind of flow chart to lead you, descriptive item by item, to the name of the mushrooms you hold in your hand.

You will find this key priceless in helping you  use the Guide to identify the mushrooms you find in the wild..  

As an example, here’s a freebie copy of the the key section to all the purple-spored  gilled mushrooms in my Field Guide:












This big 12 page publication includes all of the species that are fully described in the book, plus all the copycats. Your purchase will help with the yearly costs of maintaining this website.

Download the complete key here for $2.00 through Paypal. You will then very soon receive a download of the PDF key file that you can save to your digital device.


Gilled mushrooms with PURPLE spore prints (including purplish-brown and purplish-black)


All with gills attached to the stem.


1 Grows on rotting wood, in clusters. Smooth, dome shaped cap. - 2

1 Grows on the ground in groups. Fragile mushroom with a thin, pale to dark honey-yellow cap that shows delicate tissue patches hanging from the edge when young. Thin, hollow, brittle, delicate stem without a ring. Often grows  around rotting stumps. - Psathyrella candolleana*


2 Gills with greenish-yellow tint. Yellow cap. Bitter taste. Grows mainly on conifer, rarely hardwood. - Naematoloma fasiculare

2 Gills without greenish-yellow tint. Cap not yellow. - 3


3 Cap brick-red. Gills whitish, becoming grayish-purple. Grows on hardwood. - Naematoloma sublateritium*

3 Cap orange. Gills grayish-brown, becoming purple-brown. Grows on conifer wood. - Naematoloma capnoides


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