Psilocybe allenii, another gem from the Pacific Northwest. With a distinctive caramel-brown cap and pale gills that turn bluish with age, these mushrooms offer a real visual treat.
It belongs to the Hymenogastraceae family and was discovered and introduced to science in 2012. It’s named after John W. Allen, the researcher who discovered it. Being a part of the Psilocybe mushrooms crew P. allenii comes with psilocin and psilocybin, the powerful active compounds of all magic mushrooms.
Dive in to discover the structure, habitat, and similar species of this notable member of the Psilocybe genus.
|Cap||The caps are 0.6–3.5 in, and range from broadly convex to flattened, sometimes with a slight depression in the center. The cap margin is either straight or slightly curved and sometimes has radial grooves.|
|Gills||Initially cream to pale gray-brown, but become dark purple as the spores mature.|
|Stipe||Cylindrical and hollow stipe is typically 1.6–2.8 long, the base slightly thicker. The stipe surface is smooth to silky fibrillose, initially white before yellowing slightly.|
|Veil||A white partial veil that disappears or sometimes sticks around enough to be colored purplish brown by spores.|
|Stain||When bruised it stains dark blue.|
|Spores||Spores are thick-walled with an apical pore, and elongated ellipsoid in face view. Typically, measuring 12.0–12.6–13.1 by 6.8–7.1–7.4 μm.|
|Spore print||Spore prints are dark brown, sometimes with violet shades|
|Taste and odor||Similar to freshly ground flour.|
These mushrooms thrive on decaying wood, especially wood chips used in gardens. They like to grow in solo, small groups, or sometimes a cluster party on rotting wood. They enjoy hardwood mulches made from oak, eucalyptus, Douglas fir, and alder.
When temperatures drop, from late September to January, that’s when they decide it’s time to shine.
Found in the northwestern part of North America, stretching from British Columbia down to sunny Los Angeles, California. You’ll spot it mostly within about ten miles of the Pacific coastline, but it’s been snagged even 100 miles inland.
There are a number of Psilocybe species that might look kinda like P. allenii, but you can spot the differences in their looks or where they grow.
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