Fibrous Hat

Inocybe haemacta is one of the rare psilocybian members of the large “fibrous hat” Inocybe genus. Because this genus includes 1400 species of edible, psychoactive and poisonous mushrooms mixed, it has the reputation of making identification dangerously tricky; it is therefore strongly advised to not ingest these from the wild.
Inocybe haemacta is a mycorrhizal mushroom, meaning he has a symbiotic relationship with plants. It inherits its name “haemacta: from the distinct pinkish undertones and pinkish bruising reaction. This mildly hallucinogenic mushroom is widespread throughout Europe yet rarely reported in the Netherlands and the British Isles. It is believed to be more widely distributed than present-day data suggests.

Visual Description

"• Cap: 1.4-6.5 cm broad. Obtusely conic to obtusely convex, becoming broadly convex to nearly plane in age, sometimes uplifted in advanced age, with or without an umbo. Coloration greenish gray to dark grayish green with a pinkish brown underlayer. Lighter at margin, darker at disk. Surface is dry with radially arranged fibrillose that can be greenish gray to dark gray green. Flesh white to greenish, pinkish when bruised. • Gills: narrow, adnate and weakly attached to the stem. Colored grayish to pale grayish brown. Often with olive tones, staining reddish near edges, turning reddish brown with age. • Stem: 17-85 mm long, 3-10 mm thick. Equal, narrowing at base, solid with thin hair. Color when young is bright pink near apex, grayish green at base, soon darkening to nearly black in age. Partial veil often leaving fragile fibrillose remnant on margin when young. • Spore print: clay brown • Microscopic features: 8-11.5 x 5-6.5 µ"

Potency Description

0.17% psilocybin, no psilocin, 0.34 baeocystin (Stijve and Kuyper 1985)

Habitat Origin

"Widespread throughout Europe but rarely reported in the Netherlands and the British Isles. Grows in clay soils in plains, soils enriched with debris or sometimes underneath deciduous woods (oaks and beeches). It is believed to be more widely distributed than present-day data."

Strain Effects

Said to be relatively rare and considered a type of oddity in the wide collection of psychedelic fungi. Psilocybe authority Stamet doesn't advise its consumption by the would-be psychonaut.

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