by Valdosta State University Students of BIOL 3500/5500, Fall 2007


    The purpose of this project was to create a pictorial and descriptive key of mushrooms occurring in Lowndes County, GA (and neighboring counties) during the 2007 fall semester.  Our hope is that this key will be useful for anyone interested in learning more about mushrooms common to our area.


    For each mushroom identified in the collection, we have included the collection date & location, a description of the habitat, a summary of the previous week's weather (acquired using www.georgiaweather.net), and descriptions of mushroom characteristics important to identification.  We used the following keys to help us identify our samples: Common Florida Mushrooms by James Kimbrough, and Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora.


A Mushroom (Basidiocarp) Tutorial: