Mushrooms of Nepal Second Edition

Name of the book– Mushrooms of Nepal - Second Edition - 2014

Mushroom of Nepal Second Edition
Mahesh Kumar Adhikari
Size of the book
5.5” X 8.5”
Total Pages
Printed in Nepal by
Date of Publication
October, 2014
Laminated with 4 colored mushroom photographs
Mrs. Kamala Sharma Adhikari
Price – 1500/-NR, 35 /-USD
ISBN no.
978 –978 – 9937 – 2 – 1736 – 1 Kathmandu, Nepal
All Rights Reserved to   Mr. Girish  Adhikari


Brief introduction about the book

The typical position of the Kingdom of Nepal, lying in the north of Indian subcontinent and in the central part of the snowy-peaked Himalayan range, shows an assemblage of diversity in phytogeographical factors directly resulting the country as a zone of immense biodiversity.

This book is the compilation of the result of investigations done in alpine, subalpine, temperate, subtemperate and tropical regions by different national and international botanists and mycologists in different periods. A bird’s eye view on the total genera and species reported from the country have been tabulated. It is the first revised edition, which incorporates addition of more than 300 species.

It starts with the introduction as first chapter.The second chapter this book explores phytogeography and climatology Nepal. The third chapter traces a complete picture of the historical accounts on mushroom reports appeared since the work of Lloyd (1808), Berkeley (1838) and J.D. Hooker's (1848 AD) explorations. Moreover it highlights the investigations done by different national and international botanists and mycologists in different periods and areas of Nepal. A bird’s eye view on the total genera and species reported from the country is tabulated.

The fourth chapter enumerates the list of fleshy Ascomycota from Nepal. The fifth chapter deals with a list of species and the taxonomic studies on Basidiomycota. Taxonomic trends are discussed, keys to facilitate identification and the description and distribution pattern of the some recorded species are presented. The sixth chapter covers the Clavaroid genera, which fall into different classes, orders and families according to a recent system of classification (Kirks et al., 2008). The seventh chapter is all about the genus Amanita. The eighth chapter deals with the genus Lactarius, while the ninth chapter highlights Russula species.

The tenth chapter covers the Gastroid genera. The eleventh chapter is on ethnomycological knowledge embracing the Ayurvedic concepts about the mushrooms, ethnic casts and their relationships with fungi, exploitation of wild edible mushrooms, their local names and uses in daily Nepalese rural life. The status on the collection and consumption of wild mushrooms in Nepal are also discussed. References on mushrooms of Nepal only are listed in twelfth chapter. The molecular phylogenetic investigation has brought numerous changes in systematic position and nomenclature of the taxa. Here, the species are arranged in their systematic position, including the short taxonomic characters of orders and families along with their authors following Kirk et al. (2008), Kuo (2012) and Mycobank (Website) as far as possible. Some where the authors of the genera with their validity of publication year have also been incorporated. The common names in English, French, Nepali, Tamang and Newari are provided as far as possible.

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