PANAEOLUS AFRICANUS

Panaeolus africanus Ola'h

Easily identifiable, this sturdy whitish mushroom stands out from the dung it favours growing on from its African heartland.
Psilocybe authority Stamet found some growing in elephant dung from the Seattle zoo. He believes the selling of the “zoo-doo” as compost to gardeners is helping spread the species from its African soil to other regions of the world.
While Panaeolus africanus is regarded as psychoactive, specimen from the wild do not always contain active substances.

A modern strain commonly called the SAT, the South Africans Transkei or Transkei Cubensis, which was initially collected from Transkei South Africa, offers a consistent potency; generally mild to moderate, that strain is said to be a good choice for beginner psychonauts.

Visual Description

• Cap: 1,5-2cm broad. Obtusely conic to hemispheric. Surface is smooth and viscid when wet but may crack and present scales at disk area when exposed to sun). Coloration is grayish, creamy white, sometimes reddish towards the disk, turning grayish brown in age. • Gills: adnate to adnexed, widely spaced. Color is grayish to grayish black to blackish in age and mottled when mature. • Stem: 30-50 mm long by 4-6 mm thick. Equal, firm, robust. Color is whitish to white with pinkish hues. No veil remnants. • Spore print: nearly black. • Microscopic features: 11.5-14.5 by 7.9-10 µ.

Habitat Origin

Reported from central Africa to the southern regions of Sudan. Favours growing on elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus dung in the spring or during the rainy season. The selling of the “zoo-doo” as compost to gardeners is helping spread the species from its African soil to other regions of the world.

Strain Effects

Consumers report a quick come-up (20 to 30 mnts) with smooth body sensations such as light-twinkling and skin-tingling. Open eye visuals, tracers, dancing lights and geometric shapes. Energetic, euphoric.

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