“Magic mushroom” is the term used for referring to around 200 different mushroom species that contain the compound psilocybin, known for its psychotropic and psychedelic effects. The mushroom family is not only very populous – it is also widespread all over the world. Here are some things to know about the life cycle and occurrence of magic mushrooms in natural habitats.
What Magic Mushrooms Look Like?
Magic mushrooms are extremely varied in terms of appearance as well, with some species looking like dried ordinary mushrooms and others having a delightfully fresh appearance. They are equally varied in terms of coloring as well, with the color of the stems varying from white, beige and light brown and the coloring of the caps also being diverse, ranging from white, brown, grey to beautiful reddish and bluish caps. Almost all psychedelic mushroom species are small and they grow in smaller or larger clusters in shaded areas. A mushroom spore kit can make it easy for beginners and experts alike to grow their own magic mushrooms.
Magic mushrooms can be found in different concentrations in almost all climate zones on Earth. They seem to prefer the climate that dominates Mexico, the humid subtropical forests in the country giving home to almost 55 species. Magic mushrooms also seem to thrive well in natural habitats in the US and Canada as well, the area being home to over 20 magic mushroom species. Europe has 16 species, Asia has one less, while Africa serves as habitat for 4 species of psychedelic mushrooms. The most common magic mushroom species in tropical areas is P. Cubensis, while the world’s most widely spread species in the family is P. semilanceata, found extensively in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia as well as in New Zealand, but completely missing in Mexican woodlands. The preferred areas where these mushrooms grow are the same areas that other mushrooms prefer – dense forest areas, close to large bodies of water, where moisture is plentiful and so are the nutrients available from the soil as well.
The Conditions that Magic Mushrooms Need for Thriving in Nature
Like any mushroom, magic mushroom varieties develop from spores and they need clean, moist areas where they can get plenty of nutrients from the substrate. Mushroom spores are tiny particles invisible to the naked eye that become detached from grown mushrooms and travel with the wind and with dust, are carried by insects, birds and find many other vehicles to spread, too. When they settle and find a suitable, moist and nutrient-rich environment, they start transforming and growing into mushrooms. However, only a fraction of the spores released by a mushroom live to settle and to start a new colony – to achieve that, the spore needs to find the right environment and to become a spawn, a formation that can be called the backbone of any new mushroom colony. When spawns find an environment that ensures the right conditions for growths, they start growing and multiplying quite quickly. When the mushrooms reach a certain age, different for each species, they start releasing their spores, then they will eventually reach the end of their lifespans.