Psilocybe stuntzii is not typically found in natural surroundings. This medicinal drug is not exclusively restricted to the Pacific Coast, for the most part, the PNW.
This species is exclusively found on the Western coast of North America, south to Santa Cruz, California. It typically gives preference to a forested substrate, growing on rotting junk as well as unsullied mulch and wood chips. P. stuntzii is also able to put up with grassy areas, making its presence visible on fresh sod or on very well-manicured fields. Irrespective of its growing location, this species grows individually few and far between and is consistently found in small “bouquets” or taut groupings.
Habitat: P. stuntzii occurs frequently in well-mulched newly planted lawns, as well as in wood chips and other landscape settings.
Psilocybe stuntzii is taken in as rickety to reasonably psychoactive. When gathered together for such uses, it is essential that one can be sure of the identification and that each mushroom is checked with kids gloves before being crammed into the omnipresent plastic sandwich bag. Psychoactive psilocybes have a distressing propensity to co-occur with potentially lethal galerinas and conocybes.
The most idiosyncratic facet of Psilocybe stuntzii is the membranous ring, which is generally visible on the stipe; this is quite extraordinary for a psilocybe. Otherwise, it is fairly typical of the genus. The cap is tapering at the outset, then becomes convex to plane. It is shady olivaceous brown, translucent-striate, and gluey when soggy, and fades to a yellowish buff as it dries out. The stipe is soft in the beginning and it starts darkening as time passes.