A guide to hunting gold top magic mushies
A guide to hunting gold top magic mushies by Australian mushroom hunters. This guide is about the most common magic mushroom in Victoria, and in most states of Australia. This is the psilocybe subaeruginosa. They are also known as gold tops, wavy caps or subs. Gold tops have a caramel coloured cap with a thick white stem and gills that are a creamy brown in colour. The stems go blue when handled.
Gold tops are easy to find and identify when you know what you are looking for. But you need to know what you are doing or you could end up eating a poisonous mushroom and get very sick and even die.
Identifying gold tops
Gold tops are a distinctive magic mushroom that is one of the most potent of all psychedelic mushrooms.
Best time to hunt for Psilocybe cubensis
Psilocybe cubensis is a type of magic mushroom found throughout the world. Its active compounds are psilocybin and psilocin. Cubes are a reddish to golden brown colour with a light-coloured ring and turn purple when bruised. When mature the tops are planar with gills that attach horizontally to the stem. The gills form close together and hold purple coloured spores that germinate in a suitable substrate.
Other names it is known as include:
- Golden caps
- Golden teacher.
Psilocybe cubensis is one of the most common of the magic mushroom family. It is a dung loving species that grows in the dung of herbivores such as cows,
Blue meanies Panaeolus cyanescens grow across Australia from Spring through Summer. Their season starts a little after the gold tops finish. These medium to high/very high potency mushrooms are a small greyish white with a domed cap. As it develops the cap can split and show blue streaks. It is light brown or yellow but changes colour into a greyish white colour as it matures; and the centre remains dark.
It bruises blue when damaged and the gills develop black spores. Some species in Australia have a darker brown cap. The stem is thin and a blue grey colour with white lumps. The stems dry to a blue/back colour.
Identifying Australian Blue Meanies Panaeolus Cyanescens
The main way to recognise blue meanies is through the black spores and blue staining throughout the mushroom.