Psilocybe zapotecorum Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybe zapotecorum: Background

Psilocybe zapotecorum magic mushrooms get their name from the Zapotecs and according to Richard E. Schultes, the Zapotec name translates as “crown of thorns mushroom”. In 1957, Roger Heim and R. Gordon Wasson describe this species in LIFE Magazine and Heim published the first scientific description about a year later.

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Psilocybe zapotecorum: Habitat

Psilocybe zapotecorum magic mushrooms grow solitarily to gregariously, sometimes in clusters of around a hundred mushrooms, near the rivers, creeks and ravines of humid and shadowed places like mesophytic, subtropical, oak-and-pine, or cloud forests. Sometimes it will grow directly from steep mossy ravine walls. Psilocybe zapotecorum is known to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador.

Psilocybe zapotecorum: Taxonomy/Naming



Species Name


Sub Species


Common Name

hongo borracho (drunken mushroom)

Psilocybe zapotecorum: Physical Description


Cap is conical to convex, rarely expanding to planar with age with wavy edges and either central depression or bump. Colour is yellowish-brown to tan, fading to cream-yellow then brown to finally black


The gills are attached to the stem, potentially in a hooked or slightly sloping manner (sinuate or subdecurrent), and cream colour when young becoming violet brown with sporulation

Spore Print

Dark purple-brown


Dark purple-brown


Stem is cylindrical or slightly flattened, flexible, and hollow. Colour is white to grey, turning yellowish, blue, and finally black, also strongly bruising blue then black where damaged. Entire stipe is covered with white scales, which are more pronounced towards the base. Partial veil is white, webby, and fleeting

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