Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata: The Psychedelic Ovoid Mushroom

Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is a little brown mushroom and newly identified as an addition to the family of magic mushrooms. Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata mushrooms contains psilocybin, baeocystin and psilocin at varying concentrations. These alkaloids may explain the blue bruising when the  mature or damaged and are considered responsible for the visual and audible hallucinations that may be experienced. Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is a moderately active hallucinogenic mushroom officially discovered approximately 15 years ago and is very similar to Psilocybe caerulipes. There are mixed reports regarding their seasonal appearance; however, the general consensus is that Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata grows from April to June although they have been observed in March and November. Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is known to grow in coastal regions of the United States; they are also now found in some areas of Europe, including Switzerland. Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is sometimes referred to as “Ovoid”, a play on its scientific name.

Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata Identification and Description

Cap: Convex. 1.5 to 5cm diameter. When hydrated, the cap is colored orange-brown or chestnut; whiter or cream when dried. Translucent margins; become wavy with maturity. Flesh is thick and pliable and bruises blue or green. Convex but can flatten with age.
Gills: Off white to rusty brown; can be lavender or dark purple to brown.
Stem: Variable from 1.5cm to 9cm tall; 1mm to 7mm thick. Some of the stems may grow partially underground. Hollow, slender and ringed. The partial veil forms a ring that may be partial or pronounced. White or yellowish with brown or blue tones. Smooth at the top, may have small scales near the bottom.
Smell: Mild; starch like; spicy. Fresh ground smell.
Taste: Mild; starchy like. Like fresh earthy ground.
Spores: Thick-walled and rhombus.
Spore color: Dark purple or black
Edibility: Edible but contains bioactive hallucinogenic alkaloids.
Habitat: Coastal regions of US, native to Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Saprotrophic; Found on hardwood, mulch and other woody debris; close to rivers and streams in sandy loams. Not usually found in man-made mulch. Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata likes a temperate climate, quite tolerant to cold weather.
Season: April to June.

Phylum: Basidiomycota; Class: Agaricomycetes; Order: Agaricales; Family: Hymenogastraceae; Genus: Psilocybe and Species: ovoideocystidiata.

Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata Look-Alikes

Psilocybe caerulipes is very similar to Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata with the same level of potency and they have the same shape; for this reason, both have been nicknamed ‘blue-foot’. Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata smells spicy, unlike Psilocybe caerulipes. Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is also characterized by a ring (annulus) that is found halfway up the stem, typically the ring in the Psilocybe species are found near the top. Other similar species include Psilocybe subaeruginascens, Psilocybe spetentrionalis and Psilocyb wayanadensis; however, they are localized to Java, Japan and India respectively.

Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata Benefits

Psilocybin is a natural psychedelic compound, used as a drug and is found in hundreds of mushrooms within the ‘magic mushroom’ family. In general, the effects of psilocybin will produce mind-altering effects, such as hallucinations – both auditory and visual, in addition to a feeling of euphoria and many people will describe out of body experiences and other spiritual-like experiences. It is possible that the use of psilocybin goes back hundreds if not thousands of years; however, the mushroom Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata itself is relatively new, and it has not been adequately researched to date to ascertain its efficacy and safety.

Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata Dosage

There are no reported scientific studies of Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata regarding a dosage limit or that it is safe to eat.

With that being said, if you want to try and find a dose that works for you, check out our general magic mushroom dosage guide. You can also try out our magic mushroom dosage calculator where you can choose between six dosage levels, including microdose and heroic dose.

Popular methods of consumption for Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata include Lemon Tek and Shroom Tea.

Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata Toxicity, Safety & Side Effects

Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata contains psilocybin which can cause hallucinations, stomach cramps and vomiting. There is insufficient scientific information relating to this fungus, and therefore, it should not be consumed. Do not eat Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata whilst pregnant or breastfeeding, there is insufficient scientific evidence to support its safety, and it may cause harm to the user and/or the baby. It is advisable to take professional advice from a mycologist should you be tempted to eat Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata.


The Occurrence, Cultivation, and Chemistry of Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata, a new Bluing Species (Agaricales) from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia By Allen, John W., Gartz, Jochen., Molter, Dan, and Prakitsin Sihanonth.

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7 thoughts on “Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata: The Psychedelic Ovoid Mushroom”

  1. I have been finding them in mulch beds around town. I believe some local businesses are harvesting woody debris from the flood planes along the Ohio river for their mulch. So you may not find them in commercially produced mulch, but if that mulch is harvested anywhere on the east from flood plains, they will grow in it. I’ve found a patch in the flower bed at a VA hospital, (they switched to rocks now) and I’ve found them in mulch around a mailbox at the corner of someone’s lawn. So it definitely happens. Great write up though!

  2. I’ve lived in Eastern KY since I popped into this universe & I’ve saw these lil’ fellas my whole life! I’ve even had some sprout up in a flower pot or two. They don’t like growing solo either, sometimes there’s little plots with a few, usually there’s 2 or 3 in a spot. They get all pale & off white colored & kind of fragile looking when they’re on their way out.. i’ve even saw a teensy bit of yellowish seems like around the bottom of a stem or two. They’re cute! Who knew, right?!? Glad my folks raised a tomboy that loves to garden! Playing in the dirt can teach ya a thing or two. I can’t believe that the little guys growing in my begonias are hiding secrets. LMAO! Swear there’s some of these in my lot right now… It’s rained like crazy for a week straight & has been over 80 degrees entirely the whole week too. This place is probably mushroom/fungi heaven! Welcome to the Appalachian Rainforest!

  3. Definitely been picking eating these for years as I live in Ohio right on the Ohio river boarder of Wv but didn’t kno they were a native mushroom always wondered y they grew in this camp ground place like 100s n 100s in spring n the cops will bust u if they catch u down there during said times with ur car parked off the rd there lol must have always been there I’ve been going there for 10+ yrs


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