Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata: The Psychedelic Ovoid Mushroom

Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is a relatively newly identified mushroom that is an addition to the family of magic mushrooms. Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata contains psilocybin, baeocystin and psilocin at varying concentrations. These alkaloids may explain the blue bruising when the mushroom is 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.

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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.

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.

References:

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.

2 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!

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