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Alrighty, Alrighty. So my beautiful mountains not so far away from me do have magical fungus! Who woulda thought......mjshroomer said on his site that Psilocybe azurescens is native to NM. I was wondering what look alike mushrooms that might be dangers should I look for and is there anything about Psilocybe azurescens I can really know like 99% sure that it is that mushroom? Thanks for the help!
MJShroomer did not say that Ps. azurescens is native to New Mexico ever. Ps. azurescens is native to a small area on the northwestern coast of Oregon, near Astoria. Although, it has been introduced in the wild in several states, and has managed to grow in their climates. New Mexico is one of those states.
The likelihood of finding this mushroom in NM is slim. It is possible, though.
Like MJ has stated, this mushroom has grown in patches. So, there is a possibility that it has sporulated and the spores may have been carried many miles, etc. So there is a possibility.
Actuall Levi7 it wa Paul Stamets who listed this species as being in New Mexico, New york, Ohio and a few other states.
Just becasue someone has a patch int heir back yard does nbot mean that the species will spread to other areas.
You can have a field of liberty caps on one side of the road and for some reason or other they will never grow int he field across the rroad.
I have picked certain speciees for over thirty years and in many areas where the blue ringers grew in dozens of lawns, there were many lawns which I also walked on thousands of times after walking through the blue ringer lawns and never once did the lawns which did not have blue ringers get them.
AS for my book and listing of those species. Guzm?n, against my better judgement listed the P. azurescens.
And P. azurescens is an outdoor cold-weather species and From what I understand from Paul is that the patch grew one season only and it was after it began to grow indoors under cold weather conditions and then the boxes were planted outdoors after the mycelium began to spread through the mulch in the boxes which were laid into a garden.
So I personally do not accept those patchs as valid introduced species.
I once gfound 18 Psilocybe cyanescens in the middle of a rainforest in Kingston, Washington over 20 years ago and have never found them in the wild since. So I always wondered how the hell did the spores make it throught the thich cedar and conifer trees into a dense forest vegetation to grow.
But as for spores bloiwing across the winds. Its hard to get something to fruit unless there are mroe than a few local patches growing.
Even Gartz' gardens in Germany of P.Azurescens look different than the strains from Astoria and Hammoond, Oregon, of which I have also diligently picked many pounds form those areas.
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