PSILOCYBE CYANESCENS “WAVY CAPS”
Psilocybe Cyanescens aka “Wavy Cap” is a rather large and very potent magic mushroom strain that favours growing on wood chips and has had the reputation of fruiting in botanical gardens where imported mulch is its entry door. It is easily identifiable by its unique “wavy” caps that undulate at maturity, and when young it resembles temperate psychoactive species P. azurescens and P. allenii.
It was first formally described in 1946 by mycologist and plant pathologist Elise Wakefield in Kew Gardens (London, UK). She had been collecting the mushroom as early as 1910 in her native England and that specie became known after her as Psilocybe cyanescens Wakefield.
Because Wavy Cap readily bruises blue upon injury, it is also called “Cyan” or “Blue Halo” though that contributes to the ongoing confusion with the Blue Meanie aka Panaeolus cyanescens with which it shares similar abbreviations.
In the last century, it is said that this psilocybin-producing species has vigorously spread to an almost worldwide presence with a particularly increasing distribution in Germany and throughout Europe.
It is suggested that the increased use of bark and wood chips, which are the lichenous material it prefers to grow on, has greatly contributed to their prolific spread.
Nonetheless, this strain is also found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and is well-known in British Columbia, Canada where it is believed to be one of the most potent strains growing wildly in North America.