Psilocybe pelliculosa (Conifer Psilocybe)

Description:Sticky, dark brown, conical cap with brown gills and off-white, hairy stalk.

Cap: 0.5 - 2 cm wide; conical to bell-shaped; sticky, smooth; dark brown, fading to tan, bruising blue.

Gills: attached, close, narrow; cinnamon-brown, then darkening.

Stalk: 6-8 cm long, 1.5 mm thick; whitish, darkening; covered with small, grayish fibers

Veil: partial veil evanescent.

Spores: 9.3-11 m; elliptical, smooth, with pore at tip. Spore print purple brown.

Edibility: Hallucinogenic.

Season: September - November

Habitat: Several to many, separately or in clusters, on conifer mulch in woods.

Range: British Columbia to N. California.

Look-alikes: The hallucinogenic P. semilanceata, found in manued grass, has smooth stalk. P. silvatica has smaller spores.

Comments: This species, often confused with the Libery Cap (P. semilanceata), lacks its narrowly conical cap ad is only weakly hallucinogenic

"Conifer Psilocybe" image and excerpt from Gary H. Lincoff's National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, (1981, 2004, p. 723).

Other image from Richard and Karen Haard's Poisonous and Hallucinogenic Mushrooms, (1977, Colour Plate 28).

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