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Psilocybe Cyanescens: A Scientific and Cultural Overview


Psilocybe cyanescens, also known as wavy caps or potent Psilocybe, is an intriguing mushroom species containing the compounds psilocybin and psilocin. It belongs to the Hymenogastraceae family and is one of many Psilocybin mushrooms

Its fruiting can be abundant. An extraordinary patch of over 100,000 mushrooms was once found in an English racetrack.

Prepare to dive into the fascinating realm of these fungi as we unravel their captivating qualities.

Source: Lukas Large

The structure of Psilocybe cyanescens

Source: Tosh Suo

Here are Psilocybe cyanescens’s most captivating characteristics to keep an eye out for:

Cap   A convex shape and a distinct wavy margin, caramel to chestnut-brown.
Gills  Closely spaced and have a dark brown to purplish color.
Stipe  The stems are typically slender and can vary in length. They often feature a whitish to pale yellow color.
Veil  A partial veil that covers the gills in its early stages of development.
Stain  When bruised or handled, Psilocybe Cyanescens may develop a bluish or bluish-green stain.
Spores   Elliptical, brown to golden color.
Spore print  Dark purple to brown.

Habitat and distribution – Worldwide wanderings

Psilocybe cyanescens flourishes in temperate regions across the globe, particularly in areas with a maritime climate. Its favored haunts include wood chips and mulch, and it can also thrive on other materials rich in lignin, frequently gracing urban parks, gardens, and forest fringes. Preferring cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels, this species thrives during autumn and winter.

Source: Rebecca Bowater

Psilocybe cyanescens is quite the traveler, with its main residence being the Pacific Northwest. It extends its reach all the way down to the San Francisco Bay Area. You can also find it in places like New Zealand, Western Europe, Central Europe, the East Coast of the United States, and even parts of West Asia (Iran).

While some say that Psilocybe cyanescens is a native of the coniferous woodlands in the northwestern United States or the coastal dunes of the Pacific Northwest, guess where the first one was spotted? Elsie Wakefield described it back in 1946, based on a specimen she found at the Kew Gardens.

Similar species – The fungi kin

While Psilocybe cyanescens can’t go unnoticed because of its unique attributes, there are similar species one might encounter. It belongs to the Psilocybe genus and the Psilocybe cyanescens complex, which also includes:

  • Psilocybe weraroa – Closely connected to Psilocybe cyanescens despite their unique appearances. 
  • Psilocybe allenii – Discovered in California and Washington. 
  • Galerina marginata – Sometimes mistaken for Psilocybe cyanescens resulting in unfortunate incidents.

Identifying the members of this complex can be a bit of a puzzle without specialized tools like microscopes or molecular analysis.

By observing the spore color and spore print, we can make accurate identifications and ensure a more informed exploration of the fascinating world of mushrooms.

Discovering the Enchanting Enigma of Spores 

With every product Fungushead offers, you receive an abundance of these microscopic marvels, numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

These spores are the catalysts that bring forth the intriguing world of psilocybe cubensis mushrooms. Our most popular spore syringes:

Our mission is to empower you, whether a passionate researcher or an inquisitive enthusiast, to embark on a journey of mycology exploration.

Embrace the captivating world of mushroom spore research and unlock the intriguing mysteries of nature’s most remarkable fungi by visiting the Fungushead shop. Your extraordinary journey begins now!

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 “magic” 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 psilocybin mushroom spores we offer are for consumption or cultivation. We do not sell any products containing psilocybin.


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