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Monday, 19 November 2012

Anatomy

The basic anatomy of a mushroom is the cap, gills, the ring, volva, scales, stipe/stalk, pores, tubes and cap scales. Most of them are on the smaller side and average at about 3 inch stalks and 1 inch caps. When they’re fresh they have a light gray, brown, or yellow stem with brown-and-white or just brown caps consisting of dark gills. However there are several different species that are in the genus psilocybe. For the most part they all have the same appearance except for the differences in the environment and sizes. As you may know mushrooms look very similar to each other no matter what genus they’re in so the way to tell you have found an actual psilocybin mushroom is from its spore print. To get this you press the gill sided part of the cap onto a sheet of paper so that the spores are released to where identification is possible.