Psilocybe_ Alleni, Spore spot.
The fruiting bodies of P. allenii vary in size and are entirely dependent on the substrate where it grows. Its caps can range from 1.5cm to 9.0cm in diameter, and range from broadly convex to flat with a slight depression in the center at times. The cap’s margin is either straight or slightly curved inward, rarely slightly wavy, and sometimes has radial grooves in moist specimens.
Allenii’s surface is smooth but becomes sticky with moisture, and its cap has a cuticle than can be peeled off. When wet, the fruit bodies become so slippery they’re a challenge to collect. This fungus is also identifiable because of its pale, orange brown to caramel brown caps which dry to yellowish buff.
Its stem, or stipe, is cylindrical and hollow with lengths typically measuring 4 to 7 cm with a slightly thicker base connected to thick white rhizomorphs. The top of the stipe is covered with white powdery granules. The stipe’s surface is smooth and looks as if it’s made of silky, slender fibers and its color is initially white but turns yellow with age. The odor and taste of this mushroom is starchy similar to freshly ground flour.
Young species of P. allenii are covered with a white, partial veil that eventually disappears or remains as a zone on the stipe that can be colored purplish brown by spores. Spore prints of P. allenii have dark brown spore prints with shades of violet. When handled, the fruit body stains blue or purplish in the handled parts.
Psilocybe allenii are popular for their psychoactive effects, just like all the other psilocybin mushrooms. They have a potency similar to P. cyanescens which is approximately 0.85% psilocybin. If you visit the Golden Gate Park in December you will see hundreds of mushroom fans scouring the wood chip landscape for a handful of this hallucinogenic mushroom.
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