Psilocybe caerulipes

Psilocybe caerulipes Peck

Agaricus caerulipes

Macroscopic feat.:
  • Cap/Pileus: 10-35 mm in diameter, brown with a sticky surface when moist, bluing where damaged.
  • Stem/Stipe: 30-60 mm, white to buff, brown at the base with an evanescent partial veil, bluing where damaged.
  • Gills/Lamellae: Adnate, close to crowded, brownish.

Microscopic feat.:
  • Basidio/Spores: 7-10 x 4-5.5 µm, elliptical and smooth. Sporeprint chocolate to purple-brown.

Habitat: Woodchips and beauty bark in man-made gardens in public places.

Distribution: Georgia to Massachusetts in the north and west to Ohio and north to Michigan and southern Ontario.

Season: Late May through August into September.

Comment: Psilocybe caerulipes is unique in that it is the only active Psilocybe native to the NE United States. It is a wide ranging species but uncommonly found. The Bethany strain reportedly fruits in both the spring and fall. In deciduous forests on hardwood slash and debris, plant matter, on or about decaying hardwood logs, birch, beech and maple. It is often overlooked as just another little brown mushroom, and although widely distributed, it is not found often. It is sometimes confused with the larger Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata.

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