Observation 70017: Psilocybe stuntzii Guzmán & J. Ott

When: 2011-06-21

Collection location: Ojai, California, USA [Click for map]

34.0° 119.0°

Who: bengtal (bengtal)

No specimen available

I included the coordinates for this observation, because I think the location is a little unusual, and yet another spot on the map hinting at versatile distribution of psilocybes. I’m not personally worried about the impact that including these coordinates will have, but please let me know if you think this is a bad idea.

I’m sorry for the poor quality of the photos, I couldn’t get nice enough photos in the habitat of origin, so I collected and laid them out on a white towel.


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No cystidia observed, as the gill sample i put under the microscope is well-beyond its fertile phase, but there are spores !

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Spotted while running through downtown Ojai, growing around the base of a large palm-like tree, and under rosemary bushes, in bedded mulch adjacent to and part of a housing complex. The hygrophanous color quality of the cap, and characteristic striations in the ones still wet. No spore-print deliberately taken, though the sporulation of nearly-clustered mushrooms on one another was characteristically purple-brown. The tell-tale bluing appeared as well in some specimens, though not strongly. Can be seen particularly at the faint, webby annulus on the stip of some.

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waaaayy south
By: Andrew Heath (Quercus)
2011-07-19 10:43:10 PDT (-0700)

These are so far south of their known range, i wonder if they were brought in with some mulch rather than spores migrating 2000 miles south and germinating into a fertile organism. Who knows…

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-06-25 15:56:13 PDT (-0700)

I think this is something Alan might fancy a look at. I’m surprised he hasn’t poked his head in here yet…

By: bengtal (bengtal)
2011-06-25 12:52:14 PDT (-0700)

the bluing annulus ! Also, the stems on these mushrooms were more frail and thready than the stems of Cyanescens for example. I think some of them may have even been hollow, or borderline hollowing. Some specimens would start to peel apart at the base.

I’m not familiar with Stuntzii, but I think its an interesting guess !!

By: Jimmie Veitch (jimmiev)
2011-06-24 13:39:03 PDT (-0700)

if stuntzii this would be the furthest south on MO map at least

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