Panaeolus cinctulus Magic Mushrooms

Panaeolus cinctulus Magic Mushrooms

Panaeolus cinctulus: Background

Panaeolus cinctulus magic mushrooms (aka Panaeolus subbalteatus) earned the name "Weed Panaeolus" in the early 1900's due to the fact that mushroom farmers had to weed it out from beds of Agaricus bisporus (commercially grown for grocery stores) because of it's hallucinogenic properties.

Panaeolus cinctulus: Habitat

Panaeolus cinctulus is a very common species of mushroom, growing solitary, gregariously, or densely clumped on compost piles, well-fertilized lawns/gardens, and rarely on horse dung during spring to fall, especially abundant growth after rainfall. This species is said to have cosmopolitan distribution, meaning it practically can be found all over the world, including in Africa, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guadeloupe, Estonia, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, New Guinea, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Slovenia, South America, and the United States (according to American mycologist David Arora, Panaeolus cinctulus is the most common psilocybin mushroom in California.). Panaeolus cinctulus magic mushrooms are considered the most widely distributed in the world and is probably the most important psychoactive species in the genus Panaeolus in Europe. Found in all 50 states and in most countries. Panaeolus cinctulus can be easily confused with other species of psilocybin mushrooms. They have a resemblance to Panaeolus fimicola, and prefer the same habitats, but the latter species has sulphidia on the gill faces.

Panaeolus cinctulus: Taxonomy/Naming



Species Name


Sub Species


Common Name

Banded mottlegill, Weed Panaeolus or Subbs

Panaeolus cinctulus: Physical Description


The cap of this mushroom is hemispherical to convex when young, becoming planar sometimes with an umbo. Cinnamon brown when moist and black when wet.


Gills are crowded and cream coloured with a white edge, becoming black when fully mature. Broadly to narrowly attached to the stem.

Spore Print

Jet black


Jet black


equally sized stems that range from white to reddish-brown and are hollow. Forms no veil and may stain blue.

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