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Psilocybe cyanescens
blueleg brownie, cyans, blue halos, blueing Psilocybe, potent Psilocybe, wavy-capped Psilocybe
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: The blue staining indicates that it is one of the psychoactive species and it is generally considered to be at least moderately active.

Description:
Common names:

blueleg brownie, cyans, blue halos, blueing Psilocybe, potent Psilocybe, wavy-capped Psilocybe

Edibility:

The blue staining indicates that it is one of the psychoactive species and it is generally considered to be at least moderately active.

Identification Notes:

Psilocybe cyanescens is primarily a wood-chip dweller, being found in much the same locales as Stropharia aurantiaca and, like the latter species, becoming increasingly common, much to the delight of magic mushroom hunters. Normally it does not appear until relatively late in the season, typically around Halloween with the onset of cold weather. It is small, but fairly fleshy, with caramel-colored, viscid, hygrophanous caps with a wavy margin. The stipe is initially whitish, and both cap and stipe bruise blue when handled. The veil is fibrillose and rather heavy, but usually disappears without leaving much of a trace. It occurs in sometimes large groups, either singly or in small clusters.

Accepted Name:
Psilocybe cyanescens Wakef.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Psilocybe cyanescens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Psilocybe cyanescens photos.

6 photographs:
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