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I am a reletively new mushroom hunter but have spent countless hours researching the finer points of mushroom huting and how to identify what you find. I am however still left with a few specific questions...
My first is about bruising. I have yet to find any shrooms (I am looking for Psilocybe Semilanceata) so I dont really know what the blue bruising looks like. I also read that some Psilocybe mushrooms DONT bruise blue. I didn't find any pictures of blue-bruised shrooms either. I read that the best way to bruise them is to crack the stem and then wait 20 to 120 min for the reaction to take place. My question is this: Is this blue bruising very obvious? could a non Psilocybe mushroom appear to bruis blue? And how EXACTLY (in terms of appearance) does the mushroom bruise blue.
My second question is about when the best time to go picking is. I read that cold and rain will stimulate mushroom growth but have heard people say different. When is the best time to look for Psilocybe Semilanceata? The weather here (PEI, Canada.... on the East Coast) has been unusualy dry and warm for October. We still havn't had any frost. Im assuming that this type of weather is delaying the season a bit.
My third question is about shroom look-alikes. I hardly found any information about non-psilosybe mushrooms. Are there any (poisinous) Psilocybe Semilanceata look alikes... or any poisinous species found on the East Coast of Canada? And if you were to eat some wild mushrooms that were NOT psilocybe mushrooms what should you look out for in terms of side affects and determining if the mushroom you ate were harmfull in any way and how many you would have to eat for them to be harmful.
Like I said I am reletivly new to mushroom hunting and also to this Message Board so please dont freak out on me if these questions have been covered over and over again. Your help would great... thanks
Go here , it's a post on the 1st page. I don't want to sound harsh but you should first see some posts on this forum before asking, it's like using your intuition or something . On that page you'll see a many pics of mushrooms bruising blue, those are more darkish blue, specialy on the stem.
There are several active non psylocibe, you'll find more abundantly Panaeolus species, others are some Gymnopolus species or even Galerina Species. Look for Panaeous Subbalteatus (Spp), see http://mjshroomer.yage.net/species.html or http://thehawkseye.com or http://www.sporeworks.com .
For your second question, yes some species require different conditions than others, that's why some grow in the fall others on spring etc. , rain does help mushrooms grow, it's like the ignition button or something. Semilanceatas time is now, i think they require a cold temp.
Take this as an answer to the 3rd question.
BTW, remember there's a board out there for you to discover, see also the picture forum, mabe you could do yourself a good farming time