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Your best bet is not to look for one species inpaticular. What I find is easy is to go into the forest (At any time of the year), with a GPS receiver, a notebook, a shroom container, and a mushroom feild guide. Collect samples and record their location. If you have any doubts at all, post a picture on this message board. Your Smokin Pal in Klamath Falls
Forests are great if you are searching for edible mushrooms.
Psilocybian mushrooms on the other hand are very rare in a natural habitat such as a forest, but occur frequently and abundantly in man-made environments. Especially mulched garden beds In alder chip mulch around rich peoples homes, parks, office buildings Condo and Apartment houses, in lawns around new buildings and restaurants, especially in cities and residential areas. parking lots at malls, etc.
P. cyanescens grows from San Francisco north and is common around Eureka-Arcada area.
Good luck. They do not come out until after the hot summer months. In SF, the P. cyanescens have a later date and grow from around October sometimes through January.
I have a complete guide to hunting shrooms at my web-site:
Have a shroomy day.
[This message has been edited by mjshroomer (edited May 22, 2000).]
UCSC eh? what college do ya go to? I hunted all over SC in the fall and winter but only came up with a bunch of deadly looking lbm's that were probably galerina. if you cross empire grade rd. and walk along those trails that everyone takes their horses on you'll find tons of mushrooms growing in all the cow shit. None of these are psychoactive, trust me i checked. The best bet might be liberty caps. I found a whole shitload of something that looked like P. semilanceata all over the pastures on the west side of campus. I didn't find out if they were libs for sure and the spore prints really confused me cause they looked purple/black/brown? oh well, i'll be out there this fall for sure. One thing of interest i read once was that during especially hot summers in SC there have been patches of P. cubensis fruiting (probably from discarded cakes).