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Psilocybe montana
mountain brownie, mountain moss Psilocybe
Specimens
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Distribution: Has been reported from much of the temperate Northern Hemisphere.

Habitat: Common at higher elevations

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: It is too small to be of culinary interest and is not psychoactive.

Description:
Common name:

mountain brownie, mountain moss Psilocybe

Edibility:

It is too small to be of culinary interest and is not psychoactive.

Identification Notes:

Psilocybe montana is a small, non-bluing moss-dweller, usually amongst plants of the genus Polytrichum. It has a hemispheric or convex-flattened, reddish brown, translucent-striate, hygrophanous cap, and is reminiscent of a galerina in habitat and appearance. However, the dark spores clearly separate it from the galerinas. As its name suggests, it is most common at higher elevations and has been reported from much of the temperate Northern Hemisphere. In the PNW, it can be found beginning in late spring.

Accepted Name:
Psilocybe montana (Pers.) P. Kumm.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

CalPhotos: Psilocybe montana photos.

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