Hello and welcome to the new Mushroom John's "Tales of the Shrooms, a newly rewritten
Psilocybian Mushroom Identification Guide. In this section you will find several pages on how to identify and
preserve psilocybian mushrooms for microscopic identification. Also considered are short chapters on their
history, their cultivations, various strains of Psilocybe cubensis from around the World as well as a chapter on All
Each species described, presents a wide variety of photographs of several common
and not so common species of these visionary mushrooms. A majority of them found
in the United States and from various locations around the world.
I first began photographing psilocybian mushrooms back in the early 1970's. And so listed here below in this
ultimate mushroom field guide I present over 67 different species of magic mushrooms (five of which are
non-active species often believed by some to be of a 'psilocybian nature.' They are arranged alphabetically
by Genus and species. I have also placed on each species page a brief description with some comments about each
mushroom which I identify. I have also place in each section of the gallery, various photographs taken over the years
of each individual species to show their various stages during their growth and development. Some species present
lawn varieties and woodchip or mulched varieties; including some species that share duel habitats. Their are also many
species that grow directly from dung, and we present those varieties and images of bluing in individual species.
Additionally, some species presented here also show specimens in their various stages of being harvest, how to properly
dried and preserve them for future storage or use.
between 2000 and 2012, more than 190 mushrooms species were identified as containing
psilocine and psilocybine. In this section, I have only listed species that I am
familiar with or species that I personally studied and took photographs of or those species where other shroom lovers
have personally provided rare photographs not available to the general public. Later I will add sketches
for many more species. Since 2011, the known list of psilocybian fungi has risen to more than well
over 200 species containing the tryptamine alkaloids psilocybine and/or psilocine.
Finally, I would like to remind again, that there are four species described here in this guide which are not psychoactive,
but I have listed them below here because they are the most common mushrooms collected and
mistaken for those which are psychoactive or which were, over the past century, studied by some and previously
misidentified as psychoactive by numerous authors in their scholarly field guides or in medical journals. Such
collections and misidentified species, whether from old wives urban legends or errors carried by new mycologists
from older text, there is a new list of species and their published chemical academic papers now listed in
Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies vol. IX and that journal will be published at MAPS.ORG's website for
free viewing in mid-May of 2013.
A few of those species no longer considered as psilocybian fungi include" Panaeolina foenisecii
(which macroscopically resembles Panaeolus subbalteatus [syn.=Panaeolus cinctulus]); Panaeolus
antillarum (often mistaken and collected as species of Copelandia); and Panaeolus sphinctrinus
(often collected and eaten with no noticeable mind-altering effects) has since been renamed as Panaeolus
papilionaceus the 'butterfly' fungi; and finally, the common dung fungus known as Psilocybe coprophila. There
is also a pictorial of deadly species that will be expanded this summer, as will the text and format of this guide.
I also have placed on page 4 of the guide text, a pictorial of some of the deadly
poisonous look-a-like species such as Galerina marginata, Galerina venenata, Galerina autumnalis
and the confusing deadly species Conocybe filaris and I have placed them along side of images of
Psilocybe cyanescens and Psilocybe stuntzii for comparison. These images are in the Poisonous
Mushroom page here in this guide. Last I have also included a few images of Chlorophyllum molybditis
also referred to as 'Morgan's' Lepiota or 'Green Gills', a mushroom species sometimes mistaken for