Psilocybe subaeruginosa

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Psilocybe subaeruginosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Strophariaceae
Genus: Psilocybe
Species: P. subaeruginosa
Binomial name
Psilocybe subaeruginosa

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Psilocybe subaeruginosa
mycological characteristics:
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gills on hymenium
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cap is conical or convex

hymenium is adnate or adnexed

stipe is bare

ecology is saprotrophic

edibility: psychoactive

Psilocybe subaeruginosa is a psychedelic mushroom which has psilocybin and psilocin as main active compounds.


  • Cap: 1-6 cm, conical to convex, tan brown, hygrophanous, margin striate when moist, uplifting in age, often with a slight umbo. Bruising bluish where damaged.
  • Gills: Crowded, cream color when young, violet brown in age, with adnate to adnexed attachment.
  • Spores: Dark violet brown, subellipsoid, 14 x 7 um.
  • Stipe: 4.5 to 12 cm long, .2 to .4 cm thick, white to grey, finely striate, equal to slightly enlarged near the base. With a white cortinate partial veil which soon disappears and often leaves traces in the upper stem.
  • Taste: Farinaceous.
  • Odor: Farinaceous.
  • Microscopic features:

Distribution and habitat

Grows in clusters in wood chips, piles of leaves and woody debris in urban areas and along trails and roads in deciduous forests and gardens. Found in Tasmania and Australia where it is common. Also one of the most common Psilocybe sp. mushrooms found in and around Auckland, New Zealand.

Alkaloid content

Psilocybe subaeruginosa alkaloid content can vary widely however it is roughly twice that of Psilocybe cubensis. The mature mushrooms are not nearly as strong as newly formed fruit.

External links

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