Collection location: Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]
This Psilocybe subaeruginosa specimen was found in native forest, fruiting directly from the base of a dead tree, the first two images show growth progress over one week.
Although I only collected one specimen it was in good condition and I was able to do a good microscopic examination, this collection differs from my other collection by being a lot taller and broadly umbonate.
I could not locate any branched cheilocystidia like in my first collection.
|User’s votes are weighted by their contribution to the site (log10 contribution). In addition, the user who created the observation gets an extra vote.|
|I’d Call It That||3.0||23.44||5||(Alan Rockefeller,CureCat)|
sum(score * weight) /
(total weight + 1)
The rhizomorphs are on the base of a dead tree(Melicytus ramiflorus) that is still standing, they are about 4cm off the ground!!!
I have added an image showing two Psilocybe subaeruginosa specimens found in wood chips on the right and two specimens of the above collection on the left.
I understand how Douglas could be sceptical and will make the images in the future..
Great observation Inski!
I would have done so if I had any doubt of the genus but this collection was made 6 months ago and I don’t have the specimen anymore!
This is definitely a Psilocybe species, most likely P. subaeruginosa.
We have many strange and different fungi here in New Zealand and I can see how you would be sceptical, in the future I will make more images showing the microscopic form of the pileus!
It seems like if you are there with the scope, it would pay to get a shot of the cap surface to make sure it isn’t cellular, just to make sure of the genus.
I added an image of the collected specimen that shows the blue bruising a bit better!
I did not examine the pileus as I am certain this is a Psilocybe species due to the blueing reaction, there was a seperable gelatinous pellicle, although I do see what you mean, the spores are rather ellipsoid compared to my other collection which has ellipsoid to subrhomboid spores.
Did you check the cap surface? The spores are rather elliptical for Psilocybe, the spores and the cystidia could also be Psathyrella. Did you check that the cap surface was a cutis (or even an ixocutis for Psilocybe), or was it cellular?