Observation 187261: Psilocybe cyanescens Wakef.

When: 2014-11-01

Collection location: Little Rock Rd. Tumwater, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)

No specimen available

Notes:
Fruiting in needle duff and bark beneath Douglas fir. This small cluster of P.cyanescens mycelium was collected at a different location last October in Olympia, WA and then was inoculated into sterilized hardwood media(alder), brown paper,cardboard bits). After a month and a half of incubation in the garage the small bag was then buried approx. 5 inches deep and covered in needle litter at this forest trail location in Little Rock, WA in early January 2014.

We returned on November 1, 2014(11 months later) to discover that the transferred mycelium had not only flushed fruiting bodies from its inoculated spawn bag in one season, but also had spread and formed new mycelial mats on pine needles and small conifer sticks above and surrounding the bag.

Usually inoculated bags in natural environments take up to 3 years before first fruitings occur. My theory is that the needles and small twigs were such a quickly/easily run substrate that the aggressive P.cyanescens mycelium could easily proliferate and thus fruit in only one season. Fruiting bodies from this satellite patch at this location are much, much smaller and more slender stemmed than the original mother patch fruiting bodies we found in Olympia originally in 2013.

Elevation: Sea level.

Temp: mid 50’s.

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