AUSTRALIAN STRAIN “PSILOCYBE AUSTRALIANA”

PSILOCYBE AUSTRALIANA

Psilocybe australiana also known as the Australian Strain is a species of psilocybin-producing Psilocybe cubensis originally reported from Southern Australia (New South Wales).
This mildly potent strain is a popular candidate amongst amateur mycologist and psychonauts and can be found growing naturally in rich woody grounds often beneath Eucalyptus and Nothofagustrees.

Psilocybe authority Paul Stamets explains that the extensive, commercial timber plantations using Pinus radiata have created an extensive ecological zone in which this species flourishes. Actually, more recently, the Australian Strain magic mushroom is even being associated with gardens as it is noticed flourishing in wood debris around homes or wood chips commonly used in landscaping. Another species thriving close to urban grounds is Psilocybe cyanescens, a popular magic mushroom easily recognizable by its maturing wavy caps.

Favouring temperate forests,  the Australian Strain magic mushroom is also reported from Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Originally discovered by Mexican Psilocybe expert Gastón Guzmán Huerta and Roy Watling, the Australian Strain is a bluish-bruising species that shares a very tight taxonomic relationship with Psilocybe subaeruginosa and P. eucalypta.

Let’s remind that even if these magic mushrooms are now growing in our cities, as tempting as it may be to forage them, it is strongly recommended not to. The odds of coming across a deadly species are high and the damage these powerful organisms can inflict to our bodies, irriversable.

Visual Description

• Cap: 1.5-3 cm broad. Convex to subcampanulate, with a slight umbo and sometimes with a sharp, short nipple. Surface smooth, viscid when wet, often with veil remnants around cap margin. Coloration is light orangish brown, darker at apex, lighter at margin. Hygrophanous, fading to yellowish brown in drying. Flesh often bluing around cap margin. In age, margins may wave and lift. • Gills: attachment adnate. Color is olive yellow, turning dark purplish brown in maturity. Spacing very dense. • Stem:45-110 mm long by 2-3 mm thick. Equal, slightly larger at base. Coloration is dingy brown, bruising bluish when handled. Partial veil often leaving a fragile annular zone where we can observe a dust of black spores. • Spore print: dark purplish brown. • Microscopic features: 12-14 by 6-8 µ. • Taste and odor: said to be farinaceous.

AUSTRALIAN STRAIN "PSILOCYBE AUSTRALIANA" Potency

MILD < 0.25% Remember each mushroom has a different composition therefore potency is never accurate.

Habitat Origin

First documented in Southern Australia (New South Wales), near Sydney; also reported from Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Favouring rich woody debris from Pinus radiata, often found growing on branches beneath Eucalyptus and Nothofagus trees. Fruiting season April along road sides, trails, in tree plantations and in wood debris around homes.

AUSTRALIAN STRAIN "PSILOCYBE AUSTRALIANA" Effects

Hallucinogenic effects said to include euphoria, visual stimulation with slight tracing effects.

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