When: 2007-12-29

Collection location: Stinson Beach, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Darvin DeShazer (darv)

No specimen available

Named at MycoBlitz V by Peter Werner and Alan Rockefeller.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:27 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Stinson Beach, CA’ to ‘Stinson Beach, California, USA’


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By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2010-05-23 14:20:07 CDT (-0400)

I thought Paul Stamets said he was the reason these started showing up in the bay area, in the Oakland area I believe. He has always seemed a bit cocky to me, very smart but cocky.

I take it this was used to transplant the myc to a new location.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-01 03:25:56 CST (-0500)

Yes, these were indeed found in Stinson Beach. They traveled in my car from there to Bear Valley in Point Reyes, where the cluster was gifted to someone by the hunter who originally found them.

Did you mean Stinson Beach?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-01-01 01:51:30 CST (-0500)

I’ve never heard of Stensen beach, but I do know a Stinson Beach on the pacific side of Marin county. There are a few google hits, but no real location info. There’s lots of info on Stinson beach, however.

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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2007-12-30 12:32:56 CST (-0500)

The nic name “Cyanofriscosa” was coined by a member of the website www.Shroomery.org a couple years ago when other Bay Area hunters began finding them.

There is (a lot of) debate over the species name… Paul Stamets called it Ps. cyanofibrillosa, however, this is not accurate as the microscopic characteristics originally described for that species do not match up with the “Friscosa”, furthermore, Ps. cyanofibrillosa was described as rather impotent, containing modest amounts of psilocin and psilocybin, where as the “Friscosa” is anecdotally comparable in potency to Ps. cyanescens (based on many bioassays). It should also be noted that of three people who scoped it (Workman [SporeWorks], Gaston Guzman, and Peter Werner), all concluded that the microscopic characteristics were either the same as, or with few distinctions (variation in spore size of SOME collections) well within variation of the description of Ps. cyanescens.

It is likely either a new species altogether, or a phenotypic variant or sub-species of Ps. cyanescens.