Observation 285014: Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata Guzmán & Gaines

Notes:
Found in wood chip mulch on the campus of UC Santa Barbara; these were in full sun and watered in a planted bed.
The mushrooms did blue but only super slightly in a couple places…or not at all other places even where I intentionally roughed them up a bit.
Spore print was a beautiful purple but not a lot of spores and you can see the gills are not dark.
Most notable was that they were very hygrophanus. And where the fragile partial veil was—on many specimens—it was a really pretty blue. (Psilocybe-blue.) See photo of the blue ring. Not retouched in any way; none of the blue ring shots were in focus…I had only a phone camera with me that day.

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Recognized by sight: Found on wood chips on the west coast. Stem and cap are a lighter color than P. stuntzii.
Based on chemical features: Closely related to P. cubensis.

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Thanks Alan…it was my initial guess…but…
By: Britt Bunyard (Fungi magazine) (bbunyard)
2017-08-04 18:46:16 CDT (-0400)

But I was left scratching my head at the lack of bruising. I’m very accustomed to seeing P ovoids in the East and wow this past spring was no exception, they were everywhere in eastern VA, DC, MD, and PA. It’s my experience that they bruise quite rapidly and quite noticeably. These did not but I suppose under western drying conditions etc physiology can slow down. They didn’t quite have the dark brown I’m used to seeing with P stuntzii in the PacNW each fall, were a little larger, and also have that “ovoid” look about them. Well, that’s cool—thanks for the help. I’ve long been told that ovoids are not uncommon on the West Coast but I’d never before seen them out here. A testament to their tenacity too…next to no other mushrooms out at all right now in SoCal with the heat and dry.

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