Cap: .7-1.2 (2-5) cm broad. Hemispherical to convex, expanding
to broadly convex with age, sometimes conic. Margin translucent-striate
when moist. Yellow-umber to cinnamon or reddish-cinnamon.
Gills: adnexed, close and broad. Dull rusty brown with a white
fringe along the margin.
Stem: 2.4 mm long x 1-1.4 thick.
Habitat: Scattered in grassy areas and fields at times in sphaghum moss.
Distribution: Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada and the northeastern
coast of America west to Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Season: Spring, Summer and fall.
Comment: Psilocybe smithii macroscopically resembles its close
relative, Conocybe cyanopus and it also grows in sphagnum moss only during the early
spring rains along streams and riverbanks in grassy areas. I have never personally collected
this species. It to has a watery white stem with an enlarged base which immediately
stains blue when lifted from the earth and moss. While Conocybe cyanopus never grows
taller than 3 inches in height (2.4 cm long), Conocybe smithii tends to produce a shorter stipe fruiting at
a length range of 1.5 cm long. I should note that since this mushroom was collected in the Northeast United States, it
is possible that this species could be Conocybe cyanopus and not Conocybe smithii.
Dosage: Assuming the small size of this species and its macroscopic similarity to Conocybe cyanopus, I imagine that 40-50 small specimens, 1/3 of a fresh ounce and/or 1 dried gram would be about the same dosage as that of Conocybe cyanopus. This species seems to fruit to a size smaller than Conocybe cyanopus.