Psilocybe montana (Mountain Moss Psilocybe)

Description: Small, dark brown mushroom; in moss.

Cap:0.5-2.5 cm wide; conical, becoming broadly convex to knobbed; margin lined; moist, smooth; dark reddish-brown, drying yellowish-brown.

Gills: attached, almost distant, moderately broad; pale brown, becoming dark reddish-brown.

Stalk: 2.5-5 cm long, 1.5 mm thick, sometimes enlarged at bse; dry, smooth, dark reddish-brown..

Veil: partial veil evanescent.

Spores: 5.5 - 8 X 4-5 m; elliptical, smooth, with pore at tip. Spore print purple-brown.

Edibility: Hallucinogenic.

Season: July-September

Habitat Single to several in moss.

Range: W. North America; eastward in mountains.

Comments: Psilocybe is a large genus of mostly small, brownish mushrooms with purple-brown spore prints. Relatively few are known to be hallucinogenic.

Image and excerpt from Gary H. Lincoff's National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, (1981, 2004, pp. 722).

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