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ID Help : Liberty Caps
    #11285975 - 10/20/09 07:36 PM (8 years, 1 day ago)

Just tried Lib Cap hunting today for the second time. I live in SW Ireland. I know there are Plenty of Liberty Caps around because I've had friends who've picked em successfully. Found a great field (on paper). Its sloping, formerly grazed by cattle until just recently when they were brought in. Right on the edge of a forest. At the bottom of the slope of the hill is the forest. The grass is varying in length and contains some sedge grass. We had some heavy rains followed by a couple of bright/moderate days. I went on Saturday about two days after the rains and found about 30 mushrooms. Some were very small with caps about the diameter of my thumbnail whilst others were bigger. I didn't have much time because it got dark. They had thin wiry stems which had some white stuff at the base (mycelium?). The caps had nipples of varying degrees of prominence. Some were barely notable except when you looked very closely from different angles.

The colors varied slightly too. Some were a darker brown cap whilst others had the traditional liberty cap brown of the cap. Do the caps vary in color and does anyone have any examples of pictures where the color of the cap has been slightly changed?

The second day I went hunting (today) is two days after, in the same field. In the mean time we had some more rain, since sunday, but nothing torrential. I came today and found more mushrooms. Instead of finding just 1-3 in a typical cluster like on sunday I found 5-8 in a cluster. Another noticeable difference was the size. They had grown. I hope this means they've matured in size since sunday, but now they seem almost too big. Some of the bigger ones I picked today, their stems are almost 1 and 3/4s the length of an index finger. I dont have a ruler sorry so I'm using this estimation.

Do these guys seem like lib caps? I'll try to get pics tomorrow

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!


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Re: ID Help : Liberty Caps [Re: schnarter]
    #11286418 - 10/20/09 08:41 PM (8 years, 1 day ago)

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Re: ID Help : Liberty Caps [Re: schnarter]
    #11286432 - 10/20/09 08:44 PM (8 years, 1 day ago)

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Re: ID Help : Liberty Caps [Re: schnarter]
    #11286441 - 10/20/09 08:45 PM (8 years, 1 day ago)

To me, they sound like they could be. But this is my first season hunting, and I've yet to find any libs. I know the first couple times I went out hunting for semis I found a lot of lookalikes, and I really wanted to believe they were the real thing. But they weren't. I hope thats not happening to you. Post a picture showing the different variety you described, and someone will definitely help you out. Good Luck!


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Re: ID Help : Liberty Caps [Re: 0acidtrance0]
    #11286491 - 10/20/09 08:49 PM (8 years, 1 day ago)

Liberty Cap
Psilocybe semilanceata

Description:
Slimy, narrowly conical, bron to tan cap with brownish gills and smooth, off-white stalk; in pastures and manured areas.

Cap:
3/8-1" (1-2.5cm) wide; sharply conical, often peaked, and not expanding; sticky, smooth; brownish, fading to tan, bruising blue on margin.

Gills:
Attached, close, broad; grayish, becoming dark brown.

Stalk:
2-4" (5-10cm) high, 1/16" (2.5mm) thick; very thick, whitish.

Veil:
Partial veil, evanescent

Spore:
11-14 x 7-8 microns; elliptical, smooth, with pore at tip. Spore print purple-brown.

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Re: ID Help : Liberty Caps [Re: ghrrum]
    #11315722 - 10/25/09 01:43 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

ok so i went out and found these not exactly sure if these are libs so please help and uh i'm new to this so i asking for a learning experience and such http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p307/zeed_raver/2009-10-24-81439.jpg


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Re: ID Help : Liberty Caps [Re: swift]
    #11315889 - 10/25/09 02:25 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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swift said:
ok so i went out and found these not exactly sure if these are libs so please help and uh i'm new to this so i asking for a learning experience and such http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p307/zeed_raver/2009-10-24-81439.jpg




sorry, not liberty caps. look like the mycena? in my backyard.

and post id requests in a new thread from now on please.

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