Revised January 9, 2005; October 10, 2007; and April 10, 2013.
Copyright 1998-2013 by John W. Allen.

Psilocybe moravicka

Psilocybe moravica Borovička sp. nov. Photo: Jan Borovička. Used with permission.

Cap: 2,5-3,5(-7) cm across, hemispherical or conical when young, margin joined to stipe by a cotinate white veil, becoming plane-hemisphirical, very obtusely conical, broadly campanulate or conical and margin becoming somehat mildy wavy. Margin striate when moist. Strongly hygrophanous and fragile with a separate pellicle. Sometimes bluish to bluish green with a blue spot in center of cap. Dark brown when moist, fading to a yelloish-ochraceous or yellow-brown, bluish toned.

Gills: Thin, close-spaced, adnate, not subdecurrent, acurate in young and broad with maturity (ventricose). Brown and dark m when mature, with a grey tone and white edges.

Stem: 5-9(-12) x (0,15)0,2-0,3(-0,4) cm, cylindrical, often with a somewhat scabrous surface, Usually lank, lesscommonly robust, short and didtincly curved and not enlarged at the base. with remains of a partial veil building a fibrillous annualar zone. Whitish rhisomorphs at base fibrillating into woody debris Whitish and off white, rarely whole stipe blue-green tinged. Stains blue when bruised.

Spores: (10)11-13,5(-14,8) x (6-)6,2-7,0(-7-8). Brown, ellipsoid, broadly ellipsoid or elongated and somewhat lemon-shaped.

Sporeprint: Purple-brown

Habitat: In groups on woody debris in deciduous or mixed forests, in grass on woody debris in soil and underbrush of Utica or Rubus, often in localities disturbed by human influence with accumulation of woody waste.

Distribution: It has been onbly reported from five distinct localities int he Czech Republic, 230-700 m above sea level.

Season Late September to end of november, or mid December depending on warm autumn months.:

Dosage: Unknown at present

Comment: This fungi according to the author smells sweet and spicy not farinaceous and taste rather bitter. 9 specimens of this mushroom from two localities in the Czech Repulic were analysed for psilocine/psilocybine content and showed a high concentration of psilocine as compared to a low content of psilocybine. Higher concentrations of indole derivatives were found in fruitbodies obtained from lower elevations. This is the third bluing Psilocybe described in the Czech Republic.

This latter image of mycellial culture is from Anno of the Shroomery.

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