Conocybe smithii Watling (1967)
|gills on hymenium|
|cap is conical or convex|
|hymenium is adnate|
|stipe is bare|
|spore print is brown|
|ecology is saprotrophic|
Pholiotina smithii is a rare member of the genus Pholiotina which contains the hallucinogenic alkaloid psilocybin. It was formerly known as Galera cyanopes Photography and microscopy by Jordan luebben.
Pholiotina smithii is found in North America and often grows in bogs, ditches and swampy areas, commonly in sphagnum moss. Also found along river banks and in lawns.
It is known to occur in Canada, Oregon, Wisconsin, Washington, and Northern Michigan, (on ancient man-made earthen mounds), but is probably more widely distributed.
On the west coast of America, Pholiotina smithii is an early summer mushroom, almost never appearing after the first week of June.
Mildly hallucinogenic, containing psilocin, psilocybin, and baeocystin. Most mycologists recommend against eating this mushroom because it is difficult to distinguish from poisonous species.