PANAEOLUS TROPICALIS

Copelandia tropicalis, C. tropicalis Olah

This rare Panaeolus strain also called Copelandia tropicalis, belongs to the Coprinaceae family and is a close relative to Panaeolus cyanescens. It is said to have been around for ages in Hawaii and popular for recreational use. Commonly called there “gold caps,” “blue meanies,” “dimple tops,” and “cone heads”, they are thought to have made it from the Hawaiian islands to the Floridian wild through pineapple ships. Like many other hallucinogenic mushrooms, this fungus easily bruises blue where it is injured.

Visual Description

• Cap: 1.5-2.5 cm broad. Hemispheric to convex to bell-shaped. Margin incurved when young, slight elevation with age, when wet, often shows striates and with age, will often develop a different coloration in that area. Cap is hygrophanous: color varies from pallid or grayish to yellowish brown towards disk. Surface smooth to wrinkled, especially near margin. • Gills: distinctly mottled, and dully grayish with blackish spots. Attachment adnexed to uncinate. • Stem: 60-80 mm long, 2–3 mm thick. Equal to slightly swollen at the base, hollow, and vertically striate. Blackish towards the base, greyish towards the apex, and whitish fibrils run the length of the stipe. Flesh bruises bluish when injured. • Spore print: dark violet to jet black • Microscopic features: 10–12 by 7–9 µ.

Habitat Origin

Grows in cow dung and in wild animal manure in the tropics. Reported often in Hawaii, central Africa, and Cambodia. Also found in Mexico, Tanzania, Philippines, Florida, Japan and India (2014). Rumors it was also found in southern California.

Strain Effects

Psychonauts report (with a consumption of 3.5 g) a quick come up (20mnts), very visual with a sense of body and soul dissociation.