PSILOCYBE BOHEMICA

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

Psilocybe bohemica also known as P. serbica, is a little brown magic mushroom emblematic of the rich central Europe myco-flora. 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 magic mushroom species.
Recently known as P. arcana (2001) and P. moravica (2003), the epithet bohemica stands for one of the Czech Republic’s initial names: Bohemia.

Psilocybe bohemica shares very close taxonomic similarities with Psilocybe cyanescens though it lacks the particular wavy cap margin of the latter. In 2015, additional molecular studies published by Borovička and colleagues identified Psilocybe bohemica to be close to various other magic mushrooms such as: P. azurescens, P. weraroa, P. cubensis, and P. allenii. Psilocybe bohemica has a very variable potency running from mild to high, the is yet another example of how unpredictable these little ones can be.

Needless to say, the recording of the science of mushroom is a complex, arduous, and time-consuming process that is still in the making. Considering plant and fungi science is probably what will help save the world, we all agree the work is worth the wait.

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 .

PSILOCYBE BOHEMICA Potency

MILD 0.75% - 2% 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.).

PSILOCYBE BOHEMICA 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.