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Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms
    #4370766 - 07/05/05 01:35 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Well today the weather seemed to be steady, with a thick roll of fog laying in the valleys, but no rain. So I decided to make the journey to a small patch of native bush where I had a hunch there may be some Psilocybe makarorae shrooms.

Makarorae is one of the several species of magic mushroom native to New Zealand. It is interesting because it grows on the native Manuka trees (also known as tea tree), the oils of which are known to have a great use medicinally, and the honey from bees that pollinate manuka flowers is also used medicinally and is exported worldwide. I find this interesting because maybe there is a possibility that these medicinal chemicals may be passed on to the shrooms that grow from them as well.

Ps. makarorae is a fairly rare shroom, and I have only picked them on 3 or 4 occasions ever. After a long drive and then a walk into some semi-mountainous bush area, we arrived at the spot. I had tried to come up to that area about a month ago, but the logging gate had been closed at least 5km before the bush area so I didn't make it there.

I began to hunt around the aromatic leaf and bark litter of the manuka trees. There were a lot of earth star type fungi, and a few other crazy ones. Then I found a makarorae. I was dissapointed to see that it was very aged - shrivelled and blackened. Looking around some more I saw a few more decaying specimens. If only I had made it a month ago, when they were fruiting, I thought. But I kept looking around, crawling on my hands and knees, lifting up pieces of forest debris, looking in hollowed bits of ground, and I managed to find a few living specimens of these mushrooms.

All up I found about 20 shrooms, 6 of which were nice enough to collect as botanical specimens for a few people I know who want to have a look at them under the microscope. These mushrooms are quite difficult to find, not only because they tend to grow under parts of forest debris, but because the colour of their caps blends in VERY well with their surrounding habitat. And also the canopy of the trees where they grow makes it pretty dark. I had to really scrummage around to find these little guys.

Here's some pics, enjoy!

The first nice ones I found:




Two of them were growing from a small branch


Some more. Notice the greenish hues and nice organic colours:


















This was their general habitat area, in the manuka forest:


And the general kind of area they were hanging out in, see the fog down below:


Edited by zee_werp (07/05/05 02:03 AM)


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4370779 - 07/05/05 01:40 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

very interesting, well done bro. those are the first decent pics i've seen of makarorae. Do you know if they get further up north?


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: faslimy]
    #4370853 - 07/05/05 02:00 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I'm not sure how far north they get, I think they might be a South Island shroom aye. I did collect a few colonised twigs if you're keen on a bit of live mycelium. I've succesfully colonised other manuka litter from similar pieces before. Hasn't been long enough to see if they will fruit though.


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4370926 - 07/05/05 02:29 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Top quality post man, much kudos on the finds :smile:

Planning a bioassay?

Keep us informed when the micro comes through

there have been collections from the north island, hawkes bay I think. It seems to be quite widespread: coastal/central otago, southland, west coast & hawkes bay in north island. Still its rare and very hard to find


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4371223 - 07/05/05 04:09 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Awesome find man. Always good to see the lesser known species getting some proper photo snaps.


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4371353 - 07/05/05 06:14 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Again - this is awesome to see new psilocybes being shown here pretty much for the first time.
I would love a look under the scope


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: Zen Peddler]
    #4373258 - 07/05/05 08:41 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

This is the only print I got...they are pretty light on it. I'll have to try to get some more at some stage. The spores were quite a smokey purple, darker than most subaeruginosa spores I've seen.



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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4373319 - 07/05/05 09:01 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I feel blessed by this post. Thank you.


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4373406 - 07/05/05 09:30 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

:bow:      :smile:


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4373492 - 07/05/05 10:01 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah, very nice pics! Thanks for sharing

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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: LouiseLouise]
    #4373887 - 07/05/05 11:50 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

very very nice. interesting to note pictures 4 and 5 seem to have mottling and thin stems. btw how potent are they zee werp?


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: tryptonite]
    #4373968 - 07/06/05 12:16 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah there was a very slight amount of mottling, which gets shown up more by the flash of the camera.

They are about as potent as subaeruginosa, a usual dose would be 4-8 shrooms, but the trip of them is much nicer than the subs. I don't even hunt for subs anymore I find them too unpredictible and they seem to have a lot of stomach and muscular discomfort associated with them, well moreso than scemilanceata and makarorae and cubes anyway.

I forgot to mention in my first post, the makarorae have an interesting smell to them. Different to other psilocybes I've picked before. A similar earthyness to them as libertys, but with a definite additional 'spice' to them which probably comes from the manuka wood that they grow on.

Cheers for the compliments on the pics guys. It would be awesome to see some more types of native shroom from other countries around the world!


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4373992 - 07/06/05 12:23 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I love seeing exotic mushrooms that my eyes may never see in the flesh. Beautiful picks, thank you for sharing your find.


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: SweetLeaf]
    #4374104 - 07/06/05 01:00 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Its interesting that none of the specimens you found had upturned wavy caps like all the ones I used to find down there. It just shows the variability of the Psilocybe species I guess. Ps. subaeruginosa does the same thing, with various phenotypes.

Were all the specimens you found mature? How moist was the habitat? As you can see in the pic below of the wavy capped ones I found last year the habitat was extremely moist and maybe this affected the growth.



Interesting: from the link at the bottom of this page there is a post about a mushroom found in manuka forest at "the other end of the country to Auckland". Makarorae?
http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/1574084


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: haunted]
    #4374545 - 07/06/05 03:21 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

They seemed to be reasonably mature, although I'm not sure how much rain there had been in that particular area recently. Ones I found from very close to there last year had some upturned caps, but not as pronounced as those ones in your pics.

As for that post you linked to, maybe they are makarorae. Its hard to tell from the pic but it looks like there might be a greenish hue to the top of the cap of the one at the very right. And the crinkling of the gills at the outer edge of the one on the left resembles exactly some I found last year. You can kind of see it in this pic, though I don't have the high resolution one handy unfortunatley.

The shrooms in my first post still have to go under the microscope for further verification. There is a small chance that they might be a different native NZ species other than makarorae, given that Buchanan reported that there are about 5 unnamed natives in existence (at least!) in NZ. Same goes for reverend_jim_jones' shrooms in that other post. I want to find some more specimens from different locales to do comparisons of spores and other microscopic features.

By the way haunted that is a really nice pic of them that you took! :smile:


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    #4374922 - 07/06/05 09:05 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: Reverend_Jim_Jones]
    #4381781 - 07/08/05 12:04 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

excellent post, a strange looking shroom indeed. have you ever seen makarorae pins?


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: OOISI]
    #4382247 - 07/08/05 02:20 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

cheers for the contribution jim...check your PM's


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4383071 - 07/08/05 09:53 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

It would be interesting to find out whether those mushrooms you found zee_werp are actually makarorae and not some other unidentified psilocybe. They probably are though I reckon. There have been some unidentified species reported yeah, but I don't think they were active.

And that picture, I think I recognise the area :smile: I found what I thought were a psilocybe maybe makarorae up there growing from manuka wood in September(!) almost 2 yrs ago. Nice picture I love those mountains. The ones I found we confirmed by micro to be makarorae (through spore sizes). They were quite different in appearance to zee_werps (with darker caps that had flattened out and gone wavy) but as I mentioned earlier it was from a much damper habitat


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Re: Psilocybe makarorae - native New Zealand shrooms [Re: zee_werp]
    #4383598 - 07/08/05 01:18 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Well unfortunately, the only way to be 100% sure of the species ID would be to have an expert of the psilocybe genus, such as Guzman to have a look at them. While they may fit the macroscopic description, a microscope is usually what is used to confirm it (however it's not required in all cases but is a good measure to take in case). Sometimes there can be two separate species that are separated just based on microscopic characteristics alone.
Either way, very nice finds, thank you for sharing.


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