Are there standard color references for mycological work?
n9489504 at honeydew.cc.wwu.edu
Tue Oct 10 01:32:18 EST 1995
I have been reading David Aurora's Mushrooms Demystified, the National
Audobon Society's Mushroom Field Guide, along with some other works.
In all of these works, there is reference made to a plethora of different
color distinctions. Are these colors referenced to any grand scheme, and
is there a color swatchbook available somewhere for these colors? None
of the above-mentioned works lists any color source in their
bibliographies or introductions.
A quick check of my university library led me to the following
Color: Universal Language and Dictionary of Names (1976) US Gvmt Printing
Ofc. (The only one which my library carries.)
The references cited in this work follow:
Maerz and Paul: Dictionary of Color, 1st edition. (General)
Ridgway: Color Standards and Color Nomenclature (Biology, Botany)
Taylor, Knoche, Granville: Descriptive Color Names Dictionary (Mass Market)
H.A. Dade: Colour Terminology in Biology (Biology)
R.F. Wilson: Horticultural Color Charts (Horticulture)
Anyone have any success or authoritative answer for which of these might
be used for mycological identification color (spore prints, fruitbodies,
As my manual from the GPO is from 1976, there may be newer versions or
entirely different citations currently in vogue.
The on-campus mycological research assistant directed me to the CMI Colour
List or the CMI Colour Chart, but neither of these can be found
I am particularly interested in a guide that I can purchase to use away
from the library. Thanks in advance!
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