Psilocybe tampanensis

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Psilocybe tampanensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Homobasidiomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Strophariaceae
Genus: Psilocybe
Species: P. tampanensis
Binomial name
Psilocybe tampanensis
Guzman & Pollock

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Psilocybe tampanensis
mycological characteristics:
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gills on hymenium
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cap is convex or flat

hymenium is adnexed

stipe is bare

spore print is black

ecology is saprophytic

edibility: psychoactive

Psilocybe tampanensis is a psychedelic mushroom whose only known natural specimen was collected in the wild by Steven Pollock, near Tampa, Florida in 1977. All spores and cultivations of this species nowadays are originated from this only specimen.


Since the collection in 1977, this species has never been seen growing wild in Florida again. Another sighting case was reported in Mississippi, but no culturable material was collected.


Psilocybe tampanensis or "philosopher's stones" were commonly sold in smart shops in Amsterdam in their fresh form when this was still legal.


Tampanensis has a qualitatively different effect from that of most other species of psilocybin-containing mushrooms. The taste is also very different from others: many find it somewhat tart but not as unpleasant as many mushrooms. The Taste of these truffles can be described as a nutty flavor followed by an aftertase of a tart fruit such as kiwi. Effects often include euphoria and a general feeling of well being. In high doses, experiences can become very profound and "philosophical". According to some, psilocybe tampanensis is a good alternative to magic mushrooms for first time users, because they create good feelings and provide an easily controllable trip compared to other psychedelics.[citation needed]


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