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Amanita muscaria var muscaria (Fly Agaric)

I went for a walk with chemist tip (not his real name) today
and found two species of magic mushrooms! :) The first one isn’t really
considered a “magic mushroom” even though it’s psychoactive – Amanita
muscaria!

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Amanita muscaria – mature

Unlike magic mushrooms, which usually refers to the ones containing
psilocybin, amanita muscaria (also called Fly Agaric) contains muscimol
as the psychoactive chemical.

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The amanita muscaria we found was growing in singles over a small patch of grass under pine trees.

Amanita muscaria needs to be prepared before eating though. Read more about it here
[erowid.org]. There are a lot of bad reports about this particular
mushroom, but I’m really keen to try it since I haven’t had amanitas
before.

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I’ve saw somewhere that Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland after his experiences with amanita muscaria.

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CT found this – a peeled amanita muscaria cap. Looks like someone has been here before. :)

There were heaps of them too, but most are quite old. CT mentions
that they grow at the same place every year because of the symbiotic
relationship they have with the trees.

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Psilocybe subaeruginosa

The second psychoactive mushroom we found – Psilocybe subaeruginosa.
I’ve read that this species only grow in Australia and it’s common in
Victoria (Melbourne).

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Another one at a different spot

These are the ones that stain blue easily after picking. It was
growing a small patch on rich woodchips and around plants. Most of them
are still really small ones in the early growth stages. We only found 4
small mushrooms, but with the rainy conditions coming up, hopefully the
patch with sprout with abundance! :)

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CT with the mushrooms

The way that the mushrooms bruise blue when it’s picked is
interesting. The side of the cap is also stained blue. That makes it
easy to distinguish this species from other mushrooms. Oh, and I found
a small slug under ones of the caps. :)

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I let it crawl on my hand

Trip report coming up really soon. ;)

Mushroom Hunting I is here [sixthseal.com].

Mushroom Hunting II is here [sixthseal.com].

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