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Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata – Psychedelic Mushroom Specie

The wild psilocybe ovoideocystidiata is an American mushroom, native to the eastern region. First documented by Richard Gaines in Pennsylvania in 2003, it is a relatively newly discovered species that looks a lot like the Psilocybe caerulipes in terms of the level of potency and shape. Both the species are termed as blue-foot, though P. ovoideocystidiata smells spicy. Like all other magic mushrooms, it is a natural psychedelic with mind-altering effects like hallucinations and visual and auditory distortions. It can also cause euphoria and spiritual-like experiences. Another term for this mushroom is Ovoid, which is a shorter version of its name. 

Physical Description

These descriptions will help identify a Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata:

The cap has a convex shape measuring 1 cm. to 5 cm. across. The color is chestnut or orange when moist and white or cream when dry. Its margins are translucent and striped but turn wavy and highly undulated when matured. The flesh turns blue or green when bruised or plucked. When young, the cap is convex and dark brown while the stem is white. As it matures, the entire mushroom becomes light brown to cinnamon brown, depending on its moisture. They naturally turn blue, and when dried out, they turn all-black.

The gills are colored off-white to rusty brown and can also be lavender to dark purple.

The stem can grow from 1.5 cm. to 9 am. tall, with a thickness of 1 mm. to 7mm. It grows partially underground and is hollow, ringed, and slender. The top portion is smooth, while scales or small hairs in the bottom. There is a partial veil in the middle.

  • The smell and taste are mild, like the fresh earthy ground, notably spicy and starch-like.
  • The spores are dark purple or black and rhombus in shape.
  • It is an edible species of mushroom that contains bioactive hallucinogenic alkaloids. 

Natural Habitat

Ovoideocystidiata grows in the coastal regions and is native to Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. It grows in the range that encompasses Kentucky to Rhode Island, even reaching as far as Georgia. They grow abundantly mainly in the Ohio river, mostly on wood debris near the stream where the water overflows. Recently, the mushroom species has already turned up in the Pacific states like Washington to Southern California. The fruiting season starts from April and can stay as late as November. Though recently discovered, reports mention sightings in some parts of Europe, Switzerland, and Germany.  

How to Cultivate Indoors

Both naturally growing and indoor cultivated Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata have high concentrations of psychoactive substances. There are various approaches that people cultivate indoors. Wild mycelium is collected and placed in the freezer in a plastic bag. The bag is taken out the next morning and filled with muddy and sandy soil collected from the riverbank where ovoideocystidiata grows. Then, to simulate flooding after a hard winter, glad-wares with holes are used for drainage. The dish is layered with sand or mud, frozen wood chips or branches, and twigs, topped with sandy mud. The dish will be soaked in tap water to fill in the empty spaces with mud. The dish should stay humidified and moist to mimic its natural environment and successfully grow inside the home. 

The Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata is a psychedelic mushroom that will start growing in many cold and wet places, evident in the way it spreads across vast areas. Recognizing this mushroom will be easy because of its distinct color, shape, and spicy smell and taste. There is still more to find out about this species as research is underway. 

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