Sunday, 2 December 2012

Inocybe tricolor

Inocybe tricolor is a rare member of the genus Inocybe which is widely distributed in temperate forests. It is a small mycorrhizal mushroom which contains the hallucinogens psilocybin and psilocin. Inocybe tricolor is found under Norway Spruce in central Europe. Description Cap: Brick red to chocolate brown, lighter towards the margin, convex to umbonate, with a fibrillose to squamulose cap. Usually less than 4 cm across and has incurved margin until very mature. Gills: adnate and very numerous, pale cream brown to yellowish tan. Spores: Smooth and ellipsoid to oval, measuring 7.5 x 4.5 micrometres, ochre to tan brown. Stipe: 2.5–6 cm long, 4 to 6 mm thick, and is equal width for the whole length, sometimes with some swelling at the base.