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Lange, J.E., 1935

Flora Agaricina Danica (5 volumes)

Four large-format volumes published from 1935 to 1940 covering more than 1,000 species.

The paintings are water-colours and you have to accustom your eye to the pastel colurs. The paintings include microscopic details, so they remain useful to this day, although many of the determinations have changed in the light of modern species concepts. The accompanying descriptions are short because everything is in the paintings. Over 1,000 species are covered.

The series is almost entirely the work of the author, from identifying the toadstools to supervising printing. This resulted in probably the finest printed work on agaric toadstools ever published. Copies now sell secondhand for over £1,000, but there is a facsimile reprint which is considerably cheaper.

Publisher Danish Botanical Society
Coverage Over 1,000 species, from Denmark which has a similar mycota to ours.
Illustrations Excellent colour paintings.
Identify In the Hand (also useful to examine under a Compound Microscope).

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope


some illustrations reused in Lange, M. & Hora, F.B., 1963
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