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.