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Psilocybe Azurescens


Psilocybe azurescens is a species of mushrooms known for its standout “azure” feature – when bruised, the stem of Azurescens turns a powerful blue color, earning it the nickname “Blue Angel.”

Apart from “Blue Angel,” Psilocybe azurescens is known as “Flying Saucer” because of its caramel-colored cap, wide saucer-like shape, and prominent nipple on top that give this little mushroom a unique appearance.

Overall, Psilocybe azurescens stands out as a fascinating subject for researchers due to its appearance and distinct characteristics. This article will go into detail and discover all there is to know about this mushroom’s description, distribution, habitat, and similar species.

What does Psilocybe Azurescens look like?

Psilocybe azurenscens belongs to the Psilocybe genus, which encompasses various mushroom species containing the compounds psilocybin and psilocin.


  • Initially conic, then expands to convex and flattens with age
  • Diameter ranges from 30 to 100 mm
  • Smooth surface, chestnut brown when young, turning orange-brown and caramel at maturity
  • Gelatinous pellicle covering the cap, which can be peeled back
  • Pitted areas with dark blue or bluish-black zones
  • Blue bruising reaction when damaged


  • Brown in color, often stained black when injured
  • Close together, ascending, with whitish edges
  • Mottled appearance

Spore Print

  • Dark purplish-brown to purplish-black color


  • Length of 90 to 200 mm, thickness of 2 to 6 mm
  • Silky white, may have a brown tint at the base or as it ages
  • Hollow at maturity
  • Twisted, cartilaginous tissue
  • Coarse white aerial tufts of mycelium at the base, sometimes with azure tones

Where can you find the Flying Saucer? (habitat + distribution)

Psilocybe azurescens is primarily found along the West Coast of the United States, including parts of Oregon and California, with some sightings in Washington. It also occurs in other countries such as Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Where to look?

The species prefers a habitat of tight but separated clusters on wood and sandy soils rich in woody debris, often in association with coastal dune grasses. It is known to cause wood to whiten due to the accumulation of mycelium. Psilocybe azurescens fruiting typically occurs from late September to early January.

Psilocybe azurescens similar strains of mushrooms

Psilocybe cyanescens Psilocybe cyanescens is similar in appearance and habitat, and it’s often found in woodchips. Their cap color ranges from caramel to dark chestnut brown.
Psilocybe allenii Psilocybe allenii look similar to azurescens, but its cap color is more brownish-orange, and it can be found in California and Washington..
Psilocybe baeocystis Psilocybe baeocystis has some visual similarities with azurescens, but it has distinct characteristics.

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Even though some strains make look the same, researchers can make accurate identifications by observing the spore color and spore print. Spores are microscopic reproductive structures produced by mushrooms, and their color can vary between different species and even within the same species.

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All of the content and images on our site are for informational reference only. The cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms is federally illegal in the United States. We do not promote the cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms under any circumstances. Do not contact us asking for advice related to this subject. Any products found on this site are for microscopy and taxonomy purposes only. None of the mushroom spores we offer are for consumption or cultivation. We do not sell any products containing psilocybin.


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