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MUSHROOMS AND OTHER FUNGI

 

of Agaricus silvicola or Agaricus silvaticus sufficiently resemble some forms of Amanita phalloides as to make great care necessary in eating them.

 

MUSHROOM CULTIVATION.

Not long ago it was reported that in France a commercially successful experiment had been made in cultivating Pleurotus cornucopioides, a fungus normally growing on wood, but not, so far as I know, found in Canada. In this country, however, no progress seems to be made in the cultivation of edible fungi, other than the common field mushroom, which alone is extensively grown for the market. I have, indeed, from time to time seen in our shops for sale morels and not a few specimens of the shaggy-maned mushroom (Coprinus comatus), which latter went by the name of " French morels "; but I was not able to learn whence they were procured. Most likely they had been gathered by an unusually enterprising person from some favoured place where they were particularly abundant without artificial aids. Some such places I have occasionally seen, where for several years in succession a crop springs up sufficiently large to make it worth while gathering for near-by family use, though not for the market.

Appended is a list (of course, far from complete) of fungi to be found near Toronto. It has been con-fined to those the identification of which has seemed to me to be satisfactory. For the most part, these are fungi of common occurrence in temperate coun-

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