This is a photographic key to putative fungi and slime molds of Howard County, Maryland. The eleven generalized categories shown in the photos below illustrate the astonishing diversity in form and color of local fungi. This key is intended to help reach a family or genus similar to the specimen in question. It is often very hard to make an exact match as many fruiting bodies require careful examination and habitat veritication. (Examination of the spores or spore prints is beyond the scope of this key.)
Choose one of the categories below that most closely matches the unknown fruiting body. Click on the name to bring up photos of species or groups of species within that category.
Click on the scientific name (on the secondary pages) to bring up a pdf page with more details information and additional photographs.
Scientific names are from Mycobank and Index fungorum. In many cases, the name is more recent that what is in the popular guides. The individual species entries have a link to a pdf page that will show synonyms for the scientific names.
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