Conocybe siligineoides
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Bolbitiaceae
Genus: Conocybe
Species:
C. siligineoides
Binomial name
Conocybe siligineoides
R.Heim (1957)

Conocybe siligineoides, also known as cone caps, Ya'nte, Ta'a'ya, or Tamu,[1] is a species of macro-fungus in the family Bolbitiaceae. It has seldom been observed by the mycological community with all specimens having been collected in Mexico. Originally reported as a sacred mushroom, no chemical studies have been undertaken on this species although other members of the same genus have been shown to contain psilocybin, which causes strong hallucinations.[2] They are crushed, dried, and used in tea, and consumed fresh.[1]

Description

It is a thin, small, about 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height, mushroom that is reddish-orange with a cone or bell shaped cap. When spores are forming the cap will turn a rusty color.[1]

Traditional uses

The Mazatec used this fungus as an entheogenic. The Aztec called them sacred mushrooms and used them for healing and various rituals. A cult in the Ivory Coast of Africa has found to be centered on "Tamu".[3][4][5]

References

  1. ^ a b c Edley, Keith. "Conocybe siligineoides – Cone Caps". Entheology. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Samorini, G. “Traditional Use of Psychoactive Mushrooms in Ivory Coast?” Eleusis 1 (1995): 22–27.
  4. ^ "Mushroom and Religion: Conocybe, Panaeolus, Psilocybe and Stropharia". Botany.hawaii.edu. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  5. ^ Hofmann, A., Ratsch, C., Schultes, R., Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers. Rochester: Healing Arts Press, 1992.