Sunday, March 11, 2012

CONOCYBE MUSHROOM

Conocybe sillgineoides Heim
Conocybe

Agaricaceae (Bolbitiaceae)
(Agaric Family)

Conocybe siligineoides has been reported as one of the sacred intoxicating mushrooms of Mexico. Psilocybine has not as yet been isolated from this species, but Conocybe cyanopus of the United States has been shown to contain this psychoactive alkaloid.

This beautiful mushroom, up to about 3m. (8 cm) tall, living on rotting wood, has a cap up to 1 in. (2.5 cm) in diameter that is fawn-orange-red, with a deeper orange at the center. The gills are saffron-colored or brownish orange with chrome yellow
spores.

Many species of the genus Conocybe contain psilocybine, are psychoactive, and are used ritually. Recently a rudimentary cult around Tamu (a Conocybe species, "Mushroom of Awareness") has been discovered.

Conocybe siligeneoides is an obscure mushroom which has not been found or analyzed again since its first description.

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