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Monday, 19 November 2012

Psilocybe subaeruginosa

Cap: 1.5-5 cm. broad. Conic to convex expanding to broadly convex with a slight umbo. Stranslucent and striate when moist. Hygrophanous fading in drying to a pallid brown to a dingy white. Gills:Adnate to annexed. separate from stem. Smokey-brown to purplish-brown. Stem:50-125 mm long by 2-5 mm thick. Slightly swollen at base. Hollow and adorned with white fibrils. Spores:13-15 by 6.6-7.7 microns. Sporeprint:Purplish-brown. Habitat:Solitary to gregarious in complex habitats such as soils rich in woody debris, decaying piles of leaves and twigs, sandy woody soils, gardens and amongst bark chips from pine (Pinus radiata). Distribution:Australia and New Zealand Season:May through August Dosage:1 to 3 small mushrooms or one large mushrooms fresh. Dried 1 gram. Comment:This species is macroscopically close to Psilocybe azurescens but without the definite umbo of P. azurescens. Also very close macroscopically to P. aucklandii, P. australiana and P. eucalypta.