Gymnopilus purpuratus
Gymnopilus purpuratus
Scientific classification
G. purpuratus
Binomial name
Gymnopilus purpuratus
(Cooke & Massee) Singer
Gymnopilus purpuratus
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gills on hymenium
cap is convex
hymenium is adnexed
stipe has a ring
spore print is yellow-orange
ecology is saprotrophic
edibility: psychoactive

Gymnopilus purpuratus is mushroom which grows in clusters on dead wood, pig dung and wood chip mulch. It is widely distributed and has been recorded in Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, the UK and Germany. It has a rusty orange spore print and contains the hallucinogen psilocybin.

A chemical analysis done by Jochen Gartz found that this species contains 0.34% psilocybin, 0.29% psilocin and 0.05% baeocystin. [1]


The cap ranges from 1.5 to 6 cm across, is convex to obtuse, and is reddish brown with a dry scaly surface which is sometimes cracked in age. The stem is brown-red and covered by fibers and has blue-green spots where the stem is damaged. The gills are crowded, yellow to orange, and adnexed. The stem is dusted with rusty orange spores and has a cottony scanty partial veil.

See also

List of Gymnopilus species


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