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Psilocybe stuntzii
Stuntz's blue-legs, blue-ringers, Stuntz's Psilocybe
Specimens
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Distribution: It is not often found in natural habitats. It is another species apparently confined to the Pacific Coast, particularly the PNW.

Habitat: P. stuntzii occurs frequently in well mulched newly planted lawns, as well as in wood chips and other landscape settings.

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: Psilocybe stuntzii is considered weakly to moderately psychoactive. When collecting for such uses, it is imperative that one be sure of the identification and that each mushroom be checked carefully before being stuffed into the omnipresent plastic sandwich bag. Psychoactive psilocybes have a disturbing tendency to co-occur with potentially deadly galerinas and conocybes.

Description:
Edibility:

Psilocybe stuntzii is considered weakly to moderately psychoactive. When collecting for such uses, it is imperative that one be sure of the identification and that each mushroom be checked carefully before being stuffed into the omnipresent plastic sandwich bag. Psychoactive psilocybes have a disturbing tendency to co-occur with potentially deadly galerinas and conocybes.

Identification Notes:

The most distinctive feature of Psilocybe stuntzii is the membranous ring that is usually present on the stipe; this is unusual for a psilocybe. Otherwise, it is fairly typical of the genus. The cap is conical at first, then becomes convex to plane. It is dark olivaceous brown, translucent-striate, and viscid when moist, and fades to a yellowish buff as it dries. The stipe is pale at first and darkens with age. The bluing reaction typically is weak, and usually is most noticeable on the ring. and is considered weakly to moderately psychoactive. When collecting for such uses, it is imperative that one be sure of the identification and that each mushroom be checked carefully before being stuffed into the omnipresent plastic sandwich bag. Psychoactive psilocybes have a disturbing tendency to co-occur with potentially deadly galerinas and conocybes, as shown in the accompanying photograph.

Accepted Name:
Psilocybe stuntzii Guzmán & J. Ott

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

CalPhotos: Psilocybe stuntzii photos.

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