PSILOCYBE BOHEMICA

syn. Psilocybe serbica, syn. P. arcana, syn. P. moravica

Psilocybe Serbica could be referred to as the “little brown mushroom” of central Europe. Known from approximately twenty-five localities in the Czech Republic, this psychoactive wood-rotting bluing Psilocybe presents a morphological variability that has had it confused with many other psilocybin species.
It was until recently known as Psilocybe bohemica (1983), P. arcana (2001), P. moravica (2003).
It shares very close taxonomic similarities with Psilocybe cyanescens, though it lacks the particular wavy cap margin of the latter, and in 2015, additional molecular studies published by Borovička and colleagues identified it to be close to P. azurescens, P. cyanescens, P. weraroa, P. cubensis, and P. allenii.
Needless to say, the complex time-consuming recording of the science of mushroom is still in the making.

Visual Description

• Cap: 1-3.5 cm broad. Convex to bell-shaped, often twisted, broadening in age to almost plane. Surface viscid when wet. Margin with translucent striates when moist, opaque in drying, soon lifting and becoming irregular in age. Flesh staining bluish when bruised. Cap is hygrophanous, coloration varying from reddish brown to brownish yellow, fading to grayish yellow, ochraceous or straw when drying. • Gills: attachment adnate to adnexed. Color is purplish brown to chocolate brown, whitish at margin. • Stem: 20-60 mm long by 1.5- 5 mm thick. Narrow, equal, slightly enlarged at base. Surface covered with fine silvery fibrillose velar remnants in lower part and white rhizomorphs at base. • Spore print: purplish brown. • Microscopic features: 6-9.5 by 4-5-5.6 µ. • Taste and odor: weakly radish with a distinct sweet (cocoa-like) component .

Potency Description

Level vary between 0.11% up to 1.34% psilocybin by dry weight.

Habitat Origin

Yugoslavia (Serbia), Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Growing mostly in group, on rotting wood, or in woods rich in woody debris, in deciduous or mixed forests. Stamet says beneath European beech (Fagus silvatica) and-or mixed with firs (Abies sp.).

Strain Effects

It is said that chemist and mycologist Jochen Gartz, in his popular 1999 book “Narrenschwämme“, unwisely revealed the location where these mushrooms were growing, resulting in “magic mushroom hunters” causing damage to the sites in question. Rare trip reports describe a moderate to highly hallucinogenic experience.