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Mushroom hunting in Australia
    #1579337 - 05/26/03 09:09 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Would someone be able to tell me wether or not magic mushrooms grow in Western Australia and if so, what the best times are to go looking. Thanx, any help would be appreciated.


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Re: Mushroom hunting in Australia [Re: chronik]
    #1579353 - 05/26/03 09:14 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Yes they do grow there. I'm not very familar with Australia, so someone else will have to tell you what species grow there, but they do grow there. The best time to go looking is during the season for that particular mushroom.
Night and day doesn't really make a difference. Mushrooms don't hide or melt(well, some melt) when the sun comes out.


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Re: Mushroom hunting in Australia [Re: Gumby]
    #1579375 - 05/26/03 09:24 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

By the way i live around the coastal bushland near Perth.


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Re: Mushroom hunting in Australia [Re: chronik]
    #1579624 - 05/26/03 10:51 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

YEs, Mycologist Cleland and others have reported Gymnopilus purpuratus (Cooke & Masse) Singer. From Western Australia. HEre is a photo of it. You might find some listings of it in Early Australian Shroom guides as Flamulata Purpurata.



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From the book, Victorian Mushrooms and Toadstools.







Hope that this helps you out.

Here is the description for this species:

Cap: 20-50 mm Broad, reddish-brown, with small erect scales appeareaing dense, especially in age, not viscid, convex, obtuse or subumbonate
with a slight umbilicus in the center.

Gills: Slightly crenulate, close, rounded-adnexed. Yellow (nankeen to primrose).

Stem: 25-55 x 3-9 mm. Brazil brown (brown-red) covered by fibrils. Equal and dusted by spores in age. Context purple, often disappearing, fleshy, developing in most specimens blu spots or areas along the surface where the stems have been touched or scratched. Veil thick and black.

Spores: 8-9 (11) X 4.8-5.5-(6) mics. verrucose in circumference, without plage and without a germ pore.

Sporeprint: Orange.

Habitat: Gregarioous on rotted wood.

Distribution: The Austral Floral Zone, Chili, Argentina, Great Britain and Germany. Regions of Australia and Western Australia.

Season: Fall months.

Dosage: Unknown, but considering the large size of this species, caution should be taken when attempting to consume this mushrooms. Unofficial reports indicate one to three medium to larger shrooms.

Comment: This species was first identified in Australia by mycologist John Burton Cleland as Flammula Purpurata (derived from the Latin Purpuratus, clad in purple). Cleland described this species as being found on fallen
trunks of wood. Gymnopilus purpuratus is an agaric identified from the austral floral zone and was also collected in Chile and identified by Singer in 1951, who also identified this species from Kew gardens in Surrey. This species blues easily, taste very bitter and is probably hallucinogenic. 1992 chemical analysis of collections from Germany by Dr. Jochen Gartz of the University of Leipzig and others have demonstrated high levels of psilocin and low levels of baeocystin. Dr. Gartz reported that "since 1983, this species has been observed on heaps of pig dung and woodchips in the district Rostock, Northern G. D. R. (East Germany).

Gartz believes that this species was introduced (into Germany) with grain from Argentina used for pig forage." Gartz also noted that this species stains blue when handled and was found to be exempt of other tryptamines, muscarine, and urea.

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Re: Mushroom hunting in Australia [Re: mjshroomer]
    #1579683 - 05/26/03 11:14 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

thanx, im writing down all the ones i can find.


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Re: Mushroom hunting in Australia [Re: chronik]
    #1579948 - 05/27/03 12:32 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Any other help would be appreciated.Ive got down about 7 types that i could possibly find.


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Re: Mushroom hunting in Australia [Re: chronik]
    #1584094 - 05/28/03 05:45 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

And ofcourse you have suaberuginosa at Balingup - and cubensis in northern WA.


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