Observation 64593: Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata Guzmán & Gaines

When: 2011-03-21

Collection location: Home Depot, Rohnert Park, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available

The Big Oyster collection, from one of the potted plants in the garden section.

From this thread.


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Pleurocystidia 1000x, 10.92 micron divisions
Cheilocystidia 400x
Cheilocystidia 400x
Cheilocystidia 400x
Cheilocystidia 400x
Cheilocystidia 400x
Cheilocystidia 1000x, 10.92 micrometer divisions
Cheilocystidia 1000x, 10.92 micrometer divisions
Cheilocystidia 1000x, 10.92 micrometer divisions
Cheilocystidia 1000x, 10.92 micrometer divisions
Cheilocystidia 1000x, 10.92 micrometer divisions
Pileipellis and pileus trama
Lamellar trama
Spores 1000x, 10.92 micrometer divisions
Spores 1000x, 10.92 micrometer divisions

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ok, great
By: auweia
2011-03-23 20:58:08 PDT (-0700)

yeah…I know Ohio is nothing like california and is more like Europe in terms of weather…The bay area is almost reverse in terms of weather

I know that Mr Mushrooms (rip) was not convinced the California type was the same as the Ohio type, either, and he said the mycelium growth was much slower in the california type

The probably should be more comparisons between the two, but the California type in this thread is defnately not common like it is in Ohio. First discovered in 2004 in Golden gate park, it STILL has only been seen a dozen or so times in the wild here

related to the below photobuclut photo from roberto, here’s some pics of that and the original patch in SF


I imagine that if it is closely related to Ovoids, it’s probably quite confused here in the bay Area in terms of when to fruit. However, this past November, we did have a nice large fruiting of Ovoids in San francisco


this should give a more complete picture of the bay Area scene…Most of the people who have found it have tried transplants and it just is more difficult in the bay Area than p cyanscens are

the Ovoids here seem to have a mind of their own, coming up where they want, and less with what humans want. One person seems to have discovered that snow on the ground is required some time before fruiting, to recreate more of an Ohio spring (and europe too)..We haven’t had snow here since 1976

and yet, there they are, seemingly at random points and places

Fall fruit is rare in wild Ohio
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-03-23 20:29:55 PDT (-0700)

In large wild riparian patches I have rarely seen a fall ovoid. In Ohio in the wild this is 98% a spring fruiting mushroom.

Fall fruiting seems way more common in cultivated wood-chip patches.

spring and fall fruiter in california too
By: auweia
2011-03-23 20:22:37 PDT (-0700)

@ Roberto, I recognize the photobucket photo from Europe…Those actually came from San Francisco originally. Unfortunately, the original patch has been trampled too much altho some mycelium survives

this particular type of Ovoids usually has a larger fruiting in Spring and a smaller one in Fall. There another type that is more wavy on the edges that seems to prefer Fall over Spring

But for lanlord, yes, certain strains that have grown wild in the Bay Area do fruit in Spring, and it’s worth a look after all this recent rain

It’s just rare in the Bay Area and it seems to have a hard time adapting so far. The Europe environment is probably a little closer to the Ohio environment than it is to the bay Area

Spring AND fall fruiter
By: Sporulator
2011-03-23 03:51:48 PDT (-0700)

@Tom (LanLord): At least in Europe, Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is a spring and fall fruiter. A friend of mine introduced the species three years ago in Europe. Interestingly, the fructification peak in Europe occurs during September/October: http://mushroomobserver.org/55427?q=3vmB

A nice European Ovoid patch from September 30th, 2010:

By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-03-22 14:22:18 PDT (-0700)

I see these are for sale at Home Depot, nice!

Yes, fruits in spring
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-03-22 14:13:40 PDT (-0700)

Nice Alan. First of the spring?

I was out but did not see any ovoids in Ohio today. It’s still very early for them here, but its been above sixty and raining for about a week. I would not be surprised to find early ovoids this year.
Are Ovoids a spring fruiter?
By: Tom (LanLord)
2011-03-22 14:06:07 PDT (-0700)

Or is this an out of season find?

Also, do they frequent No. Cal? Any here in the Bay Area?

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