Gymnopilus purpuratus

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Gymnopilus purpuratus
Gymnopilus purpuratus
Gymnopilus purpuratus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Cortinariaceae
Genus: Gymnopilus
Species: G. purpuratus
Binomial name
Gymnopilus purpuratus
(Cooke & Massee) Singer

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Gymnopilus purpuratus
mycological characteristics:
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gills on hymenium
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cap is convex

hymenium is adnexed

stipe has a ring

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, Chili, 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.

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