POISONOUS AND HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS
by Michael W. Beug Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Galerina marginata, which is the species reported as Galerina autumnalis in most field guides , is shown here. Galerina marginata and several other Galerina species can also contain lethal levels of amatoxins. Galerina marginata is fairly small and so has not frequently been collected for the table, though careless collectors have mistaken it for the much larger honey mushrooms, Armillaria mellea, etc. The honey mushrooms have white spore prints and Galerina species yield brown spore prints. Galerina poisonings, including at least one fatality, have occurred to seekers of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Galerina frequently grows together with Psilocybe cyanescens, P. stuntzii and several other Psilocybe mushrooms. The size is roughly the same and the typical darkening at the base of the stem of Galerina species can be mistaken for the bluing reaction of Psilocybes. The spore colors are similar. Psilocybe species yield a purplish brown spore print versus the redder brown of a Galerina .