Mushrooms of America
EDIBLE AND POISONOUS.
THOMAS TAYLOR, M. D.
AUTHOR OF FOOD PRODUCTS, ETC.
unite in describing the plants of this class as being
destitute of chlorophyll and of starch. These plants
assume an infinite variety of forms, and are propagated
by spores which are individually so minute as to be
scarcely perceptible to the naked eye. They are entirely
cellular, and belong to the class Amphigens, which for
the most part have no determinate axe, and develop in
every direction, in contradistinction to the Acrogens,
which develop from the summit, possessing an axe,
leaves, vessels, etc.
divided by systematists into two great classes:
Sporifera, in which the spores are free, naked, or
Sporidifera, in which the spores are not exposed,
but instead are enclosed in minute cells or sacs,
classes are again subdivided, according to the
disposition of the spores and of the spore bearing
surface, called the hymenium, into various