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Psilocybe baeocystis

Singer and Smith

Common Names: Baeo

Cap: 1.5-5.5 cm broad. Conic to obtusely conic to convex, expanding to plane only in extreme age. Margin incurved at first, and distinctly undulated when convex; translucent striate and often tinted greenish. Dark olive brown to buff brown (occasionally steel blue), becoming copper brown in the center when drying, hygrophanous, fading to pallid white and easily bruising bluish. Surface viscid when moist from a gelatinous pellicle, usually separable.

Gills: Attachment adnate to sinuate, close. Colour grayish to dark cinnamon brown with the edges remaining pallid.

Stem: 50-70 mm long by 2-3 mm thick. Equal to subequal. Pallid to brownish surface sometimes covered with fine whitish fibrils, while often more yellowish towards the apex. Brittle, stuffed with loose fibers. Distinct rhizomorphs present about stem base. Partial veil thinly cortinate, rapidly becoming inconspicuous.

Microscopic features: Spores purplish brown in deposit, mango shaped, 10-12 by 6-7 microns. Basidia 4-spored. Pleurocystidia absent. Cheilocystidia 20-40 by 4.5-9 microns, fusoid with a narrow neck.

Habit, habitat and distribution: Solitary to gregarious to subcespitose on decaying conifer mulch, in wood chips, or in lawns with high lignin content. Occasionally grows from fallen seed cones of Douglas fir. Found in the fall to early winter and rarely in the spring. First reported from Oregon, common throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Psilocybe baeocystis

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