Psilocybe squamosa (Scaly-stalked Psilocybe)

Description: Sticky, brownish cap with grayish- to purple-brown gills and densely scaly stalk.

Cap: 2.5-7.5 cm wide; conical, expanding to broadly knobbed; sticky, with evanescent marginal scales, becoming smooth; brown to tawny or olive-brown with age.

Gills: attached, close to almost distant, broad; whitish to gray or purple-brown.

Stalk: 6-12 cm high, 0.3-1 cm thick; brownish, densely scaly below ring (scales and ring readily lost on handling or weathering)

Veil: partial veil leaving evanescent ring on stalk

Spores: 12-14 X 6-7.5 m; elliptical, smooth, with pore at tip. Spore print purple-brown.
Edibility: Hallucinogenic.

Season: Late August - October

Habitat Single to several, on decayed wood in mixed forests.

Range: Widespread in N. United States

Look-alikes: P. strictipes has long, brittle, straight stalk. The hallucinogenic P. cyanescens has broad, wavy knobbed cap.

Image and excerpt from Gary H. Lincoff's National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, (1981, 2004, pp. 724).

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