Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata

Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata was first documented by Richard V. Gaines in Montgomery County in June 2003. It belongs to section Stuntzii Guzmán of genus Psilocybe for its subrhomboid, thick-walled spores and its caerulescent basidioma with annulus.

Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is common in the Ohio river valley. It is often found in the woody debris of overflow areas, along rivers and streams.

This mushroom is closely related to Psilocybe azurescens and Psilocybe cyanescens but with one major difference: it fruits in spring and early summer, not in the fall. The mushrooms appear most common from April to mid June but they occasionally fruit as late as November. So if you have both azurescens and ovoideocystidiata in your lawn then you may be able to harvest fresh Psilocybe mushrooms spring, summer and fall!

CAP: 1-4.5 cm diam., convex to subumbonate, lubricous to subviscid, glabrous, translucent striate at the margin, hygrophanous, orangish brown to yellowish brown, sometimes white when dry

FLESH: whitish to ocherous pale, blueing, odor farinaceous

GILLS: subadnate, brownish pale to dark brownish violaceous, uniform in color

STEM:15-90 × 1–7 mm, smooth above to floccose-scaly below, cylindric, equal, somewhat subbulbous, base sometimes hypogeous, whitish, with irregular pale ochre or violaceous tones below or pale reddish brown above, hollow, with white mycelium at the base.

VEIL: Annulus membraneous, white,evanescent

EDIBILITY: Hallucinogenic and potent

HABITAT: Gregarious, on wood or wood debris, in trails orplaces with herbaceous plants, in a deciduous forest. Ussually found near rivers in flood plains where wood has accumulated and thick vegetation has grown over the debris.

SPORES: (7–) 8–9 (–12) × (5.5–) 6–7 (–8.5) µm, rhomboid or subrhomboid in face view, subellipsoid in side view, thick walled, wall 0.8–1.5 µm thick, yellowish brown, with a broad germ pore at one end and a short appendage at the other.

Geographic Location: Not completely known at this time. Reported specimans from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol. 9, pp. 75–77 (2007)
and Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata

Image from wikipedia, Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata

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