When: 2010-11-06

Collection location: Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Shane Marsh (Mushane)

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By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2010-11-08 06:09:57 GMT (+0000)

New sod and well manicured dark colored lawns in rich suburbia like aptos and capitola out by the ocean have given me the experience of finding them after another mushroom hunter in the area reported finding them on lawns in the area.
This was 5+ years ago. Haven’t seen another since.

New sod is also a common habitat for P. cinctulus and Panaeolopsis sp.

P. stuntzii
By: Peter G Werner (pgwerner)
2010-11-08 05:51:15 GMT (+0000)

Santa Cruz is the southern distribution limit of that species. That’s based on a report by David Arora that I believe he mentions in Mushrooms Demystified. I don’t know of any reports of it since then, but I wouldn’t be surprised if its turned up again in the 30+ years since Arora’s finding it.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2010-11-08 05:42:46 GMT (+0000)

I was only asking about Psilocybe, but its nice to be reminded of that Panaeolopsis.
Very surprised to hear about P. stuntzii. Thought it was further north only.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2010-11-08 05:17:40 GMT (+0000)

besides P. cyanescens:
P. cyanofriscosa
Panaeolus cinctulus
Panaeolopsis sp
Gymnopilus sp (luteofolius most often)
P. subaeruginascens
P. stuntzii

I have not seen subaeruginascens growing here yet, but I know someone who has found them growing here and they proved it to me. I have found everything else on the list, though stuntzii aren’t as common either. All of these species have shown bluing including the cinctulus and panaeolopsis.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2010-11-08 04:59:42 GMT (+0000)

I’ve never heard of these from SC county. Do you know of any other blueing species here other than P. cyanescens? Even that one is rare for me (I only know three fairly widely spaced locations)

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2010-11-08 02:42:28 GMT (+0000)

are out too, but few and far between. These friscosas generally fruit a bit sooner.

The season is upon us!
By: Peter G Werner (pgwerner)
2010-11-07 07:08:50 GMT (+0000)

I’m told P. “franciscans” is generally the first Psilocybe up in California, so this is in keeping.