Magic Mushroom - Psilocybe semilanceata

Alternative names
Liberty Cap

The cream-coloured caps range from 0.5 to 2 cm in diameter, they have striations that become more pronounced with age and in dry weather. The caps usually have a distinct pimple on the top. The grey free gills turn purple-black as the spores mature. The stem is long and fibrous.

Similar Species

Panaeolus semiovatus, the Dung Roundhead, is usually larger and does not have a pointed cap. Panaeolina foenisecii, the Brown Mottlegill or Mower's Mushroom, is very similar in colour but is usually larger and does not have a pointed cap.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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A grassland mushroom that is most often found on upland pastures, notably on hill slopes.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Liberty Cap, Magic Mushroom
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
07/11/2021 (McLoughlin, Margaret)
Last record:
18/11/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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