Observation 21011: Psilocybe weraroa Borovicka, Oborník & Noordel.

When: 2009-05-12

Seen at: Waikanea, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Noah Siegel (Noah)

Specimen available


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:03:58 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘NZ Fungus Foray, Waikanea, New Zealand’ to ‘Waikanea, New Zealand’

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and yet another
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-10-07 07:48:02 PDT (-0700)

good obsie gone bad.


By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-05-15 13:00:24 PDT (-0700)

I remembered some of Inski’s posts on Shroomery and him mentioning a specific tree… I looked up the wiki page for W. novae-zelandiae and it read:

“Weraroa novae-zelandiae is found growing solitary to gregarious on decaying wood buried in forest leaf litter, principally on rotting branches of Melicytus ramiflorus. It has been found fruiting on rotted cabbage tree and is often associated with decaying fern fronds, native to the forests of New Zealand”

I thought I remembered him saying that he often found this species growing on or near these trees. I reviewed the post and he described finding some pouch fungus growing next to a lone specimen of Psilocybe subaeruginosa which was growing directly from the trunk of a Melicytus ramiflorus.
Inski described the substrate for another collection of W. novae-zelandiae growing from a fern branch.

They have been cultivated from wood chips and douglas fir cones too, so I realize they are not too picky… I thought maybe they had a preference though.

It doesn’t seem picky
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-05-15 03:41:05 PDT (-0700)

I’ve been finding it in all different forest types, usually on branches/twigs that are well decayed and past being able to identify the tree it came from.

By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-05-15 01:35:36 PDT (-0700)

What the relevance of the substrate, I am not aware that W. novae-zelandiae is very fussy when it comes to what its found on or forest type.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-05-14 11:05:24 PDT (-0700)

The coolest species in the bluing Psilocybe clade! :)

Noah, do you remember if this mushroom was fruiting nearby or on the fallen woody debri of Melicytus ramiflorus or any other species in that genus of tree??

By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-05-14 10:02:42 PDT (-0700)

You can’t wait to go to New Zealand or some thing? lol

aaaaagggghhhh, Noah, yur killin’ me!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-14 07:47:23 PDT (-0700)

Great find.

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