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.
Gold Tops Australian Psilocybe Cubensis
In Australia you find Gold tops (Psilocybe cubensis) only in New South Wales and Victoria. Their season runs from Spring through Summer. They enjoy a temperate climate with a temperature in a consistent mid-20s. They flourish after the first heavy summer rains.
Gold Tops Can Be Highly Potent Shrooms
These medium to high potency mushrooms have a large growing a cap of up to 20 cm. As the yellowy white to dark brown coloured cap matures its cap is grows flat or becomes uplifted. It becomes covered in thick purple coloured spores.
Identifying Australian Gold Tops
Identifying Australian gold tops. Its surface is often moist to the touch and it has white flesh that leaves a blue stain.