When: 2009-03-07

Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

in moss in damp woods.

Species Lists


thick-walled unstained spores at 100x oil immersion. ave. 6×5

Proposed Names

-25% (5)
Recognized by sight: hygrophanous cap, black spore drop?
49% (7)
Recognized by sight
60% (2)
Recognized by sight: Not bluing
Based on microscopic features: thick spore walls

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By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-03-12 21:27:20 MDT (-0600)

Psilocybe montana?

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2009-03-11 23:44:41 MDT (-0600)

Agreed, the spores look very much like the true Psilocybes. Very cool looking mushroom, I wish I had a name to put on it. Can you post some pics of the cheilocystidia and pleurocystidia? Your micrographs are very helpful but they are also too yellow. One easy thing you can do is set the white balance on your camera to tungsten, that will make the colors more accurate. The best solution is to adjust the colors in a photo editor. I recommend the gimp. It does everything photoshop can do, works on any OS, and its free!

Oh, yeah…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-03-11 22:22:06 MDT (-0600)

Those are Psilocybe spores alright.

blackish spores can be seen along stipe if you enlarge…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-09 18:42:42 MDT (-0600)
im curious
By: johnnyblaze2316 (johnnyblaze2316)
2009-03-09 14:53:11 MDT (-0600)

about spore deposit color…..?

yup, no blue. thanks guys.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-08 20:08:49 MDT (-0600)
Yeah, I would say Psilocybe
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-03-08 20:04:03 MDT (-0600)

Yeah, these look more Psilocybe to me. From the “true” clade, not the “blue” clade.

Don’t you think
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-03-08 19:17:27 MDT (-0600)

that this looks like a Psilocybe? Sticky cap, the gills, the stipe (is it bluing or not, I can’t make out), all these look like a classical Psilocybe to me.