Blue-foot Psilocybe (Psilocybe caerulipes)

Description: Brownish knobbed cap, fading to yellow, with brown gills; whitish stalk bluish at base; on decayed wood.

Cap: 1-3.5 cm wide; conical to convex with incurved margin, becoming flat or broadly knobbed; sticky, becoming dry, smooth; watery-cinnamon to yellowish; bruising greenish or bluish, sometimes slowly.

Gills: attached, close to croweded, narrow; brownish to rust-cinnamon.

Stalk: 3-6 cm long, 1.5 - 3 mm thick, enlarging to base; whitish, staining greenish blue.

Veil: partial veil evanescent.

Spores:10-13 X 6.3-7 m; elliptical, smooth, with pore at tip. Spore print dark purplish.

Edibility: Hallucinogenic.

Season: August - October

Habitat Single or in small clusters, on deciduous wood and wood mulch, especially birch and maple.

Range: Maine to North Carolina, west to Michigan

Comments: Often overlooked or ignored as just another little brown mushroom, this hallucinogenic species turns blue on handling, usually after several minutes.

Image and excerpt from Gary H. Lincoff's National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, (1981, 2004, pp. 719-720).

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Found these in my local park going back to stock up but couldn't believe it there they were and there are a lot more left for free picking !! I hear they are a rare find ?!