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mushroom foraging guide Liberty Cap

Names

Common: Liberty Cap, Magic Mushroom

Latin: Psilocybe semilanceata

Edibility

Edibility: poisonous.

Notes: Contains the psycho-active compounds psilocybin, psilocin. Since 2005 it is illegal to pick, or be in possesion of, this species.

Season

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Description

Cap: size 0.8-1.5cm; colour beige; shape conical, not opening with age; margin inrolled. The cap is covered with an easily removed gelatinous membrane.

Gills: pale brown when young darkening with age; adnate.

Stem: length 3-8cm; width 0.1-0.3cm; colour cream.

Spores: dark purple/brown.

Flesh: colour cream.

Habitat: found in pasture,heath growing small groups.

Frequency: very common.