Psilocybe Baeocystis can be found growing in mulch, wood chips or the lawn with a strong affection towards the bark of Douglas firs. It was first reported in Oregon but is common among the Pacific northwest.
The cap is 1.5 – 5.5 cm (up to 2 inches) broad and conic in shape. It is dark olive brown to buff brown and occasionally steel blue but becomes copper brown in the center when drying. The surface appears gelatinous, with a separable gelatinous pellicle.
The stem is usually 50-70 mm (about 2 to 3 inches) long by 2-3 mm thick. The spore print is purplish brown.
Psilocybe Baeocystis is considered extremely potent.
Growing Psilocybe baeocystis
Psilocybe Baeocystis is difficult to cultivate, and it is not clear it has ever been cultivated successfully indoors. Part of the problem is it does poorly on sterilized substrates. It can be grown in outdoor plots on well-rotted wood chips and other organic matter, but fruiting takes a long time. It’s worth noting that since mushroom cultivation in general usually results in a big flush of mushrooms all at once, growers often have to preserve much of their harvest for later, usually by drying and that’s not a great option for a species that loses much of its potency as it dries out.
Collecting a couple of mushrooms from the wild may be the better bet.