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Psilocybe squamosa (Pers. ex Fr.) Orton var. thrausta.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Leratiomyces squamosus var. thraustus, Pikkelyes harmatgomba, Psilocybe squamosa, Red-cap Psilocybe
Psilocybe squamosa var thrausta Mushroom
Ref No: 8859
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Psilocybe squamosa var thrausta2 Mushroom
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Psilocybe squamosa var thrausta3 Mushroom
Ref No: 8861
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Red or redish or pink
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Ring on stem, Stem much longer than cap diameter
flesh: Mushroom slimy or sticky
spore colour: Purplish to black
habitat: Grows on wood, Grows on plant material/manure

Red-cap Psilocybe, Psilocybe squamosa (Pers. ex Fr.) Orton var. thrausta (Schultz ex Kalchb.) Lange syn. Stropharia squamosa var. thrausta (Schultz ex Kachlb.) Lange New syn. Leratiomyces squamosus var. thraustus Pikkelyes harmatgomba. Cap 2.5-7cm across, convex to obtuse, then campanulate-flattened, with central umbo; intense reddish orange to brick red; viscid, smooth, but with numerous small white evanescent scales at margin. Gills adnate, rather crowded to almost distant, broad; whitish to gray then almost black with pale margin. Stem 60-120 x 3-8mm, long, slender, densely scaly in lower half, brownish orange to red like cap, whitish above the distinct membranous cottony ring, which is soon stained purple-black from spores. Flesh thin; pale cream. Odor not distinctive. Taste not distinctive. Spores ellipsoid, with germ pore distinctly eccentric, 12-14 x 6-7.5. Deposit purple brown. Habitat in small scattered clusters on wood chips and twigs. Rather rare. Found over most of North America. Season August-October. Not edible, although placed in Psilocybe this fungus has been found not to be hallucinogenic. Comment Frequently confused with the much duller colored, ochre-brown Psilocybe squamosa (Pers. ex Fr.) Orton, of which it is often regarded as a variety; but the germ pore in that species is centrally placed. Both species possess chrysocystidia, which removes them from the genus Stropharia, where they were formerly placed.

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