Rich soils and pastures on roadsides and trails and in dung heaps. Dosage: Mildly active species. The name refers to the gelatinous film on the cap. Habitat: Scattered or dense clumps. Cone shaped, becoming bell shaped, then expanding to a plain mushroom profile. Contact us Along the Oregon coast, they have been collected from golf course roughs. Mushrooms that contain psilocybin can be found in many countries of the world. White with fine fibrils that curve to a broader base. Likes rich humus, woody debris, twig and leaf litter. Very valid questions to which most people often guess correctly as autumn being the best time. Bruise deep blue to blackish when handled. Gills grow together and become thinner before joining the stem. Sticky when moist. Phylum: Basidiomycota - Class: Agaricomycetes - Order: Agaricales - Family: Strophariaceae, Distribution - Etymology - Taxonomic History - Psychoactivity - Identification - Reference Sources. It’s important to harvest and eat magic mushrooms just before the veil breaks because this is the time for magic mushrooms are most potent. Bruises blue when damaged. Gills are slightly broad, grow together and become thinner at the stem. Basidia 4-spored. Habitat: Individual or in small clusters on muddy soil in deciduous subtropical forests at 500-1,400m elevation. Occurrence:very common. They also go by the name “Liberty Caps”, because of their dark bell-shaped tops. Cap: size 0.8-1.5cm; colour beige; shape conical, not opening with age; margin inrolled. 35-100mm long stems are 3-5 mm in diameter, creme coloured, hollow and covered with fibrous hairs. Whitish or cream coloured and hollow, they blue easily when bruised. Season: Late summer and early autumn, depending on seasonal rain. Distribution: California to British Columbia, then on to Canada. 30-60mm long stems are 2-4mm in diameter, hollow with a white pith. Dosage: This is a relatively weak mushroom. found in pasture,heath growing small groups. To mention a few, the edible Velvet Shank and Wood Blewits fruit through winter and early spring. Psilocybe semilanceata fruits in these countries abundantly in autumn and early winter. Identification: 25-45mm diameter cap. Dosage: One to two large fresh specimens. Brownish red to greyish brown, covered in scales from cap to base. Psilocybe Semilanceata Identification and Description. This is a question a lot of magic mushroom hunters ask. Pleurocystidia few to absent. Identification: 10-45mm cap, generally 15-25mm convex with a projecting central boss. Disclaimer Because this substance, which occurs in Magic Mushrooms and some related fungi, occasionally causes alarming symptoms including vomiting, stomach pains and anxiety attacks, Liberty Caps are probably best treated with caution (some people even decide to treat them as poisonous). This page includes puictures kindly contributed by David Kelly. (Most of the gilled mushrooms were included initially in the genus Agaricus!) White to pale brown bruising blue when damaged. Generally from September to November are the best times to find a large variety of wild mushrooms. Most foragers are sensible, smart people who hold high respect for nature and the land. There’s very little you need in the way of equipment while out and about, you can just take yourself really. Smooth to the touch, walnut to rusty brown with radial translucent striations near the edges. Identification: 0.8-2cm broad, uneven conical cap with pronounced umbrate centre. Edges are translucent when moist and sticky to the touch. Scaly near the centre, smooth at the cap’s edge. Distribution: British Isles; Northern Europe; widely across the continental U.S. 50-80mm long stems are 4-6mm in diameter. On rare occasions, they also fruit during spring. Clay or sandy soil, especially in fields with cattle, horses, Brahman cattle or water buffalo. mushrooms) legal? Normally, this breaking time ranges between 5-12 days after the mushrooms start popping up from the ground. Dosage: 25g fresh or more. Distribution: A very cosmopolitan species. **Official UK Psilocybin mushroom season 2014**, North Spore Mushroom Grow Kits & Cultivation Supplies. Be more aware of your surroundings. They do not grow straight in manure. Habitat: Deciduous woodlands, especially alder (Alnus) or willow (Salix) or their woody debris. For the colder/wetter occasions, I find a warm jacket with plenty of pockets for your other bits and bobs is really helpful. Easily stains blue, especially lower down on the stem. 1-3g dried. The latest results show that lightning strength jolts can double the yield of mushrooms. Habitat: Can be found singularly or in large mats in deciduous forests. Sometimes seen in temperate regions of the Southern hemisphere. And take your sunscreen! Conic to obtusely conic to conic-campanulate with an acute umbo. Does not grow directly in manure. Centre is copper coloured, fading to light golden brown and pale yellow at the edges. Psilocybe silvatica is the American genetic cousin of Psilocybe medullosa. Turns broadly convex with a raised centre. They have been used for ceremonies by a number of indigenous people throughout the world. Dosage: Unknown, but psilocybin content is between 0.11-1.34%. Psilocybe semilanceata – This is the actual Liberty Cap mushroom. Taxonomic history and synonym information on these pages is drawn from many sources but in particular from the British Mycological Society's GB Checklist of Fungi and (for basidiomycetes) on Kew's Checklist of the British & Irish Basidiomycota. Appears in lawns of freshly laid sod and deeply mulched, woody debris. Magic mushrooms are booming this winter amid unseasonlbly warm temperatures across the country, experts say. Distribution: Mexico; Brazil; Venezuela and Alabama. Magic mushrooms grow on their preferred medium which include decomposing bark, dung, mulch, soil, compost, or decaying matter. You should respect this and restrain from foraging. Not usually found in grasslands. Becomes bell-shaped, then more broadly convex. Color pallid at first, rapidly becoming grey, then brownish and finally purplish brown with the edges remaining pallid. Although sometimes seen on lawns and in lowland meadows it does not grow on dung. It is whitish with a silken gloss that loses its veil with age. Identification: 18-50mm. Also pastures or meadows with rich soil and roadsides, but rarely on horse manure. Habitat: Scattered in rich manure fertilized fields and pastures, but not directly in manure. Habitat: In clusters on woody debris in deciduous or mixed forests. Netherlands; Italy. 10-20 live specimens. 30-100 mm long by 0.75-3 mm thick. Psilocybe semilanceata, commonly known in the UK as the Magic Mushroom, and in the USA as Liberty Cap, appears in grassland in autumn. I’ve included some shopping links to help you track down those other extra bits you may want to buy: The most important part comes when you need to identify exactly what you have found. Psilocybe semilanceata Faroes Islands Gymnopilus sp. For generations, Japanese farmers have prayed for thunderstorms over their fields to yield more mushrooms which are staples of Japanese cuisines. Think video games and cartoons about the adventures of small blue dudes. If you want to delve deeper into the world of mushrooms, I’ve compiled a small list of useful links covering Mycology and fungi related subjects. Phylum: Basidiomycota; Class: Agaricomycetes; Order: Agaricales; Family: Hymenogastraceae; Genus: Psilocybe and Species: Semilanceata. Season: Usually summer, but can vary from country to country. Light brown when young, they become darker brown to purple with white edges when matured. Can grow all year in some parts of the Pacific Northwest, depending on seasonal variations. From manured soil, but not from the manure itself. Dosage: Unknown. Then hemispherical and slightly bell-shaped with the margin joined to the stem with a fine white veil. What Happens If You Smoke Magic Mushrooms? Here is some more information about 25 psilocybin mushrooms in the wild. Fades to pale straw brown when dry. 0.5-4mm diameter, generally 2-3mm straight, hollow white, reddish brown or honey coloured with a bulbous end. Bell-shaped, conical cap. Distribution: Northern California to British Columbia in Canada. 50-90mm long stems are 2-5mm, cylindrical and with a distinct curve. Yellowish to off-white with a bluish border, the colours do not change with age. Dryer the better! Grows on wood chips, especially alder detritus. Psilocybe semilanceata grows in north temperate areas but it has been found in Peru, Pune, India, Australia, New Zealand and also at altitudes of 4000 meters in Italy. Common in rhododendron gardens and edges of flooded estuaries or floodplains. Leave some, especially younger species to mature and drop their spores. Found growing around rotted logs. However, used by indigenous Mexicans for rituals and ceremonial rites for hundreds of years. Be prepared! Margin translucent-striate, incurved and sometimes undulated in young fruiting bodies, often darkened by spores. Clothing Good boots are essential. Gills vary in size and form a greyish brown to cinnamon or darker brown colour when older with white mottled edges. Smooth, dull grey brown to olive brown. It can be mistaken for psilocybe pelliculosa, which can be a serious mistake. Here it covers what features to look out for and a guide to show you parts of the mushroom and so on. (bbc.co.uk), The Countryside Code (gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code), BBC Nature – In Pictures: A kingdom of colour, Late Summer brings out the Parasol mushrooms, Horse & Field Mushroom Imposter! Archaeological digs often find examples of or reference to magic mushrooms. 40-60mm long and 1-2mm diameter straight. You are likely to be able to find them if you live in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. If thunderstorms can double yield for mushrooms, they may also have the same growing effect for magic mushrooms! © Copyright - The Mushroom Diary - UK Wild Mushroom Hunting Blog. Undefined gills are buff when young, then purplish brown with a white edge when mature. If you’re not sure where to go or would like to go on a guided walk, contact your local mushroom foraging group. Birch, beech and maple slash or wood chips and decaying plant matter. A reliable knife for harvesting. Distribution: Koh Samui Island and surrounding areas in Thailand, including Ranong Province; Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Remnants of the veil usually remain attached. Spores, Dark purplish brown in deposit, ellipsoid, 11-14 by 7-9 microns. Stems stain blue to violet green when damaged. Partial veil thinly cortinate, rapidly deteriorating, leaving an obscure evanescent annular zone of fibrils, usually darkened by spores. Psilocybe semilanceata might be the most widely available psychedelic shrooms. Identification: 0.5-6cm cap, generally 1-2.5cm. Very blue after damage. Dry looking pale brown with darker striations. Light grey, aging to purple brown with white edges.