Observation 122795: Psilocybe subaeruginascens Höhn.

When: 2013-01-12

Collection location: Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa [Click for map]

Who: Shrine

No specimen available

I found some mushrooms in my garden growing in a tight cluster in between some flowers in a pot in a soil/compost mix sourced from a local nursery.

The caps are wavey and have creamy brown colour though some have blackened on top with a slight purple hue, I think from spores of mushrooms positioned above in the cluster.

The stems are white and stain blue when pressed. On the stem there is evidence of a ring/annulus.

On the younger mushrooms the gills are the same colour as the cap but on the more mature mushrooms the gills have darkened. When the gills are pressed on paper, a purple-black stain is left behind.

I have been told that it might be from the genus ‘Psilocybe’.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Alan will be here soon with a species ID. The ring makes me think P. cubensis or some close ally.
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Recognized by sight
Based on microscopic features

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I don’t think
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2013-01-14 12:14:41 PST (-0800)

Psilocybe cubensis gets a striate margin. Psilocybe natalensis has been described from Africa, but I don’t think that one has an annulus. I am not sure what the other choices are, could be close to cubensis or section Stuntzii.

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