9 November 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Liberty Cap, Magic Mushroom
Conical with a sharply pointed tip and an inturned margin, sticky and dark brown when damp, smooth and pale brown when dry, to about 1.5 cm across
Adnate, somewhat distant, pale brown then dark purple brown with a white edge
Equal, whitish, sometimes bluish at the base, to about 8 cm high
Grassland, and lawns including cricket pitches and school playgrounds
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (11.5-14.5) x (7-9) µm2
Poisonous, causing disorientation, and auditory and visual hallucinations which last for eight hours or more
In the UK this fungus is categorised as a class A drug alongside Heroine and Cocaine. Possession is a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison. Dealing carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.