Originally suspected to be P. atlantis because of its starchy flavour and ability to form truffles, some characteristics are distinct between the species. They share a similar potency and contain psilocybin as well as psilocin, causing a variable but present bluing reaction to damage and age.
P. galindoi frequently has a small cap (under 2 centimetres) atop a tall (up to 7 centimetres) and slender, but hollow, stipe. The cap is commonly conic or bell-shaped, sometimes presenting with a small umbo or papilla, usually yellowish-brown when wet. When dried, they become a pale straw colour with splotches of blue or black. They can frequently be identified by the long “rhizomorphs”, or root-like structures, near their base.
They are primarily distributed through the Pine-Oak forests of Mexico, or found nearby in rich soils or tall grasses. A preference for high elevations makes Pie de la Cuesta in the state of Jalisco the ideal habitat. From this area, there have been unconfirmed reports of indigenous usage for rituals or ceremonies.
For the same reasons that might have raised indigenous interest, this species has become popular in the form of “magic truffles” or sclerotia. Depending on jurisdiction, truffles may be available in “smart shops” or even online, along with spores to grow them yourself. A popular strain, recently found in Georgia, known as ATL#7, is commonly available and is reportedly easy to grow.
P. galindoi can be grown as either truffles or mushrooms, the latter having a difficulty of cultivation on par with P. cubensis. Anecdotes suggest that the species grows very quickly and is efficient given its potency. Given its nature to form sclerotia, this is one of the few species than can still be readily purchased for consumption in certain countries.
Gaston Guzman, Richard T. Hanlin & Craig White. Another new bluing species of Psilocybe from Georgia, U.S.A. Mycotaxon 86: 179 – 183. 2003.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Psilocybe galindoi is a psychedelic mushroom in the section Mexicana, having psilocybin and psilocin as its main active compounds. It is also known as P. galindii, the mushroom was named in honor of Mr. Carlos Galindo Arias and his family by Dr. Gastón Guzmán.
- Cap: 1.9 – 2 cm in diameter, conic to campanulate or umbonate, with a very slight papilla, glabrous, even to striate when moist, hygrophanous, brown or yellowish brown fading to pale ochraceous or straw color. Staining blue-green where injured.
- Gills: Adnate, brown to dark purple brown, with whitish edges.
- Stipe: 5 — 6.5 cm x 1 – 2 mm, equal, hollow, no annulus, reddish brown in the middle, darker towards the base with long rhizomorphic strands. Veil inconspicuous, except for some white appressed silky fibrils on the pileus.
- Spores: Dark purple gray in deposit. (8.1)9.6 — 12(14) x 7.1 — 8 µm, subrhomboid in face view or subellipsoid in side view(around 1 µm), yellowish brown, thick walled with a broad germ pore.
- Odor: Farinaceous
- Taste: Farinaceous
- Microscopic Features: Basidia: 18 — 24 x 7.2 — 9.6 µm, hyaline, 4-spored, ventricose. Pleurocystidia: 14.4 — 21 x 7 — 8.4 µm, hyaline, fusoid-ampullaceous, with short necks.
Distribution and habitat
Psilocybe galindoi is found growing gregariously in soil at higher elevations and in tall grass in or near Pinus-Quercus (pine with oak) forests in Mexico. The holotype location is Pie de la Cuesta, Jalisco, Mexico - a bit south of Guadalajara.
Consumption and cultivation
In the Western world, sclerotia of Psilocybe galindoi are sometimes cultivated for entheogenic or medicinal use. The sclerotia usually have a lower content of active substances than the actual mushrooms themselves.