Wavy Caps (Psilocybe cyanescens) (by Christian Schwarz)

Mushroom of the Month: February, 2016

The specimens in this photo show somewhat faded specimens. Note the wavy caps and blue stains on the stipe. Spore deposit is dark purplish-gray to very dark reddish-brown.


Psilocybe is primary genus of hallucinogenic mushrooms, containing such famous species as Liberty Caps (P. semilanceata), Cubes (P. cubensis), and the topic of this month’s article, Wavy Caps (P. cyanescens).

Almost always encountered on woodchips, Psilocybe cyanescens is an aggressive ruderal species, fond of disturbance in urban areas. It is especially common in the cold, wet winter months around the San Francisco Bay. Through a combinatin of unintentional and intentional transplantation by humans and natural dispersal, it has spread widely throughout the United States. In California, it occurs at least as far south as San Diego County, although it is fairly rare south of Santa Cruz County.

Honeys - Armillaria mellea (by Mark Benson)

Mushroom of the Month: January, 2016

(Reposted from posting on google groups with photos courtesy of Hugh Smith)

How about all this rain! 

Those were a beautiful display of Honey Mushrooms, Hugh!  Tight and turgid and just the right time to harvest.

Seeing them prompted me to write a few lines about Honeys not from any formal knowledge...but from my work experience and from 'experts' with whom I consulted for my clients in my work with trees.  I hope it is helpful to some of you.  I am not a scientist...just an observer.

January, 2016

"New Year's Boletus Edulius" by Jonathan O'Bergin

Best Photo
Date: January 02, 2016
ISO Speed: 160
Exposure: 0.03 sec
Focal Length: 5 mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Flash Used: No

First light is the time to get lucky.   Edulius in January?

Coccoras (by Katherine Elvin)

Mushroom of the Month: December, 2015

Amanita Calyptroderma Coccoras are one of my favorite mushrooms to see and collect.   The distinctive colors, thick cottony cap and striation on the cap edge makes this amanita a little easier to id.   If I am unsure at any point, it stays in the ground and I take away the memory, image and sometimes a photo.

Debbie Viess has a very informative link here on BAMMS web site which tells more about this species.

You can go here for Mushroom Observer.
     Amanita Calyptroderma - Fall Coccora - tan to light brown
     Aminita vernicoccora - Spring Coccora - light yellow

Pt. Reyes Fungus Fair (BAMS) (by )

? WHEN: 01/03/2016, 10 am - 4 pm
? WHERE: Point Reyes National Seashore
Next up on the Fair circuit is the Pt. Reyes Fungus Fair on Jan. 2 and 3. Saturday is a group effort (skilled and unskilled, young and old, local and far-flung) of Pt. Reyes/West Marin mushroom collection and ID, Sunday is the set-up and the Fair. It's FREE, it's fun, and the fungi have arrived!
We spent a very happy afternoon there on Friday, walking through magnificent fields of mycenas (remember those?) and admiring muscaria...

Naturalist Night at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (Non-FFSC event)

? WHEN: 12/15/2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Naturalist Night
"Naturalist Night: 

Edible and Poisonous Fungi
$6 Museum Members | $12 General
Local fungophile, Henry Young, has been hunting mushrooms for over 30 years and is currently a Science Advisor to the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, a group dedicated to ...