Psilocybe Baeocystis: The mystic Blue bell


Behold the Psilocybe baeocystis, a mystical mushroom that contains the hallucinogenic compounds psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin. Also known as Bottle caps, Knobby tops, Blue bells, or Olive caps. It thrives in the hidden corners of coniferous forests. 

In this article, we will explore the captivating characteristics of this marvelous fungus strain from the family Hymenogastraceae. By the end, you’ll have a deeper understanding of its description, distribution, habitat, and similar species. 

Source: Wikipedia

The structure of Psilocybe baeocystis 

These tiny beauties have a very distinctive appearance, here’s how to recognize them. 

  • Cap – Recognizable for their convex shape and smooth texture 0.6–2.2 in wide. Dark olive brown to buff brown color, occasionally steel blue. It turns white when dry.
  • Gills – Thin, closely spaced with a grayish to cinnamon brown color.
  • Stipe  The stipe, or stem, is sturdy and slender 2.0–2.8 in, typically featuring a whitish coloration.
  • Veil  Initially, a veil covers the gills of the mushroom, protecting the spore-bearing surface. As the mushroom matures, the veil may leave remnants on the stem or break apart entirely.
  • Stain  When the flesh is bruised or injured, it displays a bluish or blue-green stain.
  • Spores Dark purplish to brown. Oblong in face view or asymmetric ellipsoid (mango form)
  • Spore print Dark purplish-brown, which is characteristic of this species.
  • Taste and odor Has a mildly bitter taste and emits an earthy and distinct odor.

Source: Wikipedia

Distribution and habitat

This extraordinary species can be found gracing the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, but it doesn’t stop there.  

It spreads across North America, particularly along the enchanting West Coast. Journey to the states of Oregon, Washington, and California. Even the lush forests of British Columbia in Canada bear witness to its mystical presence.

It seeks out spaces with towering coniferous forests, scattered wood chips, peat moss, and decaying conifer mulch, forming its amazing mycorrhizal networks. Sometimes, it even emerges from the very earth itself. Enjoying high humidity and moderate temperatures, Psilocybe baeocystis thrives in the rainy seasons and early fall.

Source: Vancouver Mycological Society

Similar species 

These beauties have been known to have some lookalikes coming from the Psilocybe genus, but if you examine them further, you will easily see the difference.

Psilocybe semilanceata  Also known as the Liberty Cap, this species shares similarities with Psilocybe baeocystis. However, Psilocybe semilanceata has a more conical cap shape and tends to grow in different habitats.
Psilocybe cyanescens  Another close relative, Psilocybe cyanescens, features a caramel-brown coloration and a stronger potency compared to Psilocybe baeocystis. It often thrives in wood chips and mulched areas.
Psilocybe aztecorum  Also likes to hang out on decomposing woody debris and is found in mountainous areas. The caps have different colors, mostly dark chestnut brown to straw yellow.
Psilocybe quebecensis  The resemblance here is purely microscopic, as the mushroom itself is quite smaller.


If you enjoy digging, you can really dig deep and read more about Psilocybin mushrooms.

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