Psilocybe Tampanensis is an especially interesting mushroom species, as it will produce both mushroom fruiting bodies, and what are known as "Sclerotia" or Truffles. This species was discovered in a farmers field on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida, in 1977, by a man named Steven Pollock. Since then the genetics have spread across the world, and they are especially popular in Europe where truffles are legal.
Spores Lab acquired our Psilocybe Tampanensis genetic in early 2021, and we have been hard at work for the last few months isolating and refining the genetic to prepare it for sale. Despite the extensive isolation, this species will often only fruit a few sparse, spindly mushrooms, however the real treasure lies below the substrate surface, as P. Tampanensis truffles are reported to be significantly more potent than the average Psilocybe Cubensis mushroom.
Growing P. Tampanensis is done in a similar fashion to Cubensis (spawning on grain, then bulking with a substrate) however Tampanensis truffles take quite a long time to form (up to 6 months) and also get more potent the longer they are allowed to grow.
Cap: 50-100 mm in diameter, convex to broadly convex to plane at maturity. Reddish cinnamon brown maturing to golden brown to light yellow. Surface dry with pronounced and persistent remnants of universal veil on cap (spots). Flesh white soon bruising bluish green.
Stem: 125+ mm in length, yellowish white. Flesh bruising bluish green where injured. Persistent membranous annulus (ring) from partial veil that becomes dusted with purple brown spores at maturity.
Gills: Attachment adnate to adnexed. Grayish coloration in young fruit bodies becoming nearly black in maturity.
Spores: Dark purplish brown, subellipsoid on 4-spored basidia