PSILOCYBE THAICORDISPORA

Psilocybe thaicordispora is a species of psilocybin mushroom in the family Hymenogastraceae. It was described as new to science in 2012 by renown Mexican mycologist Gaston Guzmán and his colleagues.
Found growing in the ground at an elevation of 1500 meters, near Huai Nam Dang National Park, this subtropical rainforest mushroom is yet another enigmatic example of the rich mycota of Thailand.
Its epithet places it in the section Cordisporae Guzmán and refers to its Thailandese origins. It is said to have similarities to P. papuana Guzmán & E. Horak known only from Papua New Guinea, and P. dumontii Singer ex Guzmán known only from Panama.

The psychotronic fungal species in Thailand, as in most tropical countries, are poorly known, a drastic contrast to the richness of the mycoflora. With considerable destruction of tropical habitats, many species will likely disappear before being documented.

Visual Description

• Cap: 10–30 mm broad. Conic to subcampanulate, finally convex or subconcave- umbonate, sometimes irregularly lobulate, sub-hygrophanous, yellowish brown to brownish orange, smooth, glabrous. Cap without veil remnants, cuticle not separable. • Gills: subadnexed, yellowish pale to dark brown-violaceous, with whitish edges. • Stem: 35-50 mm long by 1–4 mm thick. Equal, subbulbous. Surface is smooth above and subfloccose toward the base. Coloration is whitish above to reddish brown or reddish black at base. Veil poor development. Bruising bluish and turning blackish. Dried specimen are blackish-chocolate • Microscopic features: (6.5–)7–8(–9) × (4.5–)5–5.5(–6.5) × 4.5–5 μm • Taste and odor: slightly farinaceous

Habitat Origin

Solitary or gregarious, on grassy soil, below the shadow of trees, in an open subtropical forest, at 1500 m elevation. Known only from the type locality, Chiang Mai province, Thailand. 100 km from Chiang Mai, near Huai Nam Dang National.

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