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Hunting mushrooms

  • Where to find species:
    • Horse Manure
      -Panaeolus Subbalteatus

    • Cow Manure
      -Copelandia Cyanescens
      -Panaeolus Subbalteatus
      -Psilocybe Cubensis

    • Mulch or Debris
      -Psilocybe Azurescens
      -Psilocybe Cyanescens

    • Grass
      -Psilocybe Semilanceata
      -Panaeolus Subbalteatus

  • When to find species:
    *(these write-ups were found on The Shroomery, I just touched them up a bit; the pictures were found at Erowid - mps)

    • Panaeolus Subbalteatus The species can be found from spring to autumn grouped or clustered often in rings up to two feet in diameter on open ground, freshly manure lawns, straw piles, all types of compost, dung piles, and roadsides in Ontario and throughout the USA (especially in Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Washington, and Oregon). Optimum growth on MEA is at 86 degrees F.

    • Psilocybe Cubensis – These can be found between February and November in compact groups in clearings outside forest areas, on cow dung, or horse dung, in rich pasture soil, on straw, or on sawdust/dung mixture in Mexico, Cuba, Florida and other southern states. It grows well on MEA at 86 degrees F. Thermal death occurs at 104 degrees F. It is a potent mushroom and very resistant to contaminants and is thusly favourable among new mushroom cultivators. There is a saying that goes “Cube’s fight to grow like you fight to grow them”.

    • Psilocybe Azurescens and Cyanscens – Both species can be found in autumn scattered, grouped, or clustered in woods, on earth, among leaves and twigs, and occasionally on decomposing wood -- in northwestern USA.

    • Psilocybe Semilanceata – This species can be found between August and December (with the main season being in October and November) often in large groups on soil, among grasses, in clearings, pastures, meadows, forest edges, open conifer woodlands, and on roadsides -- but never on dung -- in New York, northern USA, British Columbia, and Europe.

  • Species Descriptions:
    *(it should be noted that when you are in doubt of the mushroom, it is best not to consume it)

    • Psilocybe Cyanescens
      Cap: Orange to yellow, tan when dry, conic to flat wavy with age
      Gills: Smokey reddish brown
      Stem: White, hollow, bluing when bruised

    • Psilocybe Semilanceata
      Cap: Orange to yellow, tan when dry, conic to flat wavy with age
      Gills: Smokey reddish brown
      Stem: White, hollow, bluing when bruised

    • Panaeolus Subbalteatus
      Cap: Red brown to white when dry, conic to flat bands of colors
      Gills: Close, red gray to gray black, white edges
      Stem: White to brown, hollow and stringy, no bluing

    • Psilocybe Cubensis
      Cap: White to pallid yellow, staining blue.
      Gills: Gray to black with age, edges white.
      Stem: White, hollow in age, straight with purple black ring.

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