Revised January 9, 2005; October 20, 2007; and April 18, 2013.
Copyright 1998-2007 by John W. Allen.

Psilocybe subaeruginosa Cleland


Psilocybe subaeruginosa Cleland. Photograph Courtesy of Hanky.


Cap: 1.5-5 cm. broad. Conic to convex expanding to broadly convex with a slight umbo. Translucent and striate when moist. Hygrophanous fading in drying to a pallid brown to a dingy white.

Gills: Adnate to annexed. separate from stem. Smokey-brown to purplish-brown.

Stem: 50-125 mm long by 2-5 mm thick. Slightly swollen at base. Hollow and adorned with white fibrils.

Spores: 13-15 by 6.6-7.7 .

Sporeprint: Purplish-brown.

Habitat: Solitary to gregarious in complex habitats such as soils rich in woody debris, decaying piles of leaves and twigs, sandy woody soils, gardens and amongst bark chips from pine (Pinus radiata).

Distribution: Australia and New Zealand.

Season:: May through August.

Dosage: 1 to 3 small mushrooms or one large mushrooms fresh. Dried 1 gram.

Comment: This species is macroscopically close to Psilocybe azurescens but without the definite umbo of Psilocybe azurescens. Also very close macroscopically to Psilocybe aucklandii, Psilocybe australiana and Psilocybe eucalypta.

Psilocybe subaeruginosa Photo Gallery

Psilocybe subaeruginosa. Photograph Courtesy of Free magic.

Psilocybe subaeruginosa Photograph courtesy of Blue Meanie.

The four above photo images of Psilocybe subaeruginosa: Courtesy of Lofty.

A special Thanks to Clive Shirley for the use of his four photographs of Psilocybe subaeruginoa Cleland posted directly above. His New Zealand web-site may be viewed at

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