Oct 12, 2010

Mcphersonii fanaticus aka PF Redspore

This is the original Psylocybe Fanaticus-variety, named after Robert McPherson aka Psylocybe Fanaticus, founder of the revolutionary PF TEK growing method and this strain. “Fanaticus” is a great Amazone-variety of the Psilocybe cubensis. The mushroom is characterized by its fat, nearly boletus like massive stalk that is very strongly attached to the substrate. Its spores are extremely fertile and they are likely to sprout within three days. McPherson announced that the fruitbodies will become very big if grown on grain and very potent if grown on rice flour.


Shown are the gills and the spores of the ‘Psylocybe Fanaticus’ redspore cubensis, compared to the spores and gills of a ‘PF Classic’ Psilocybe cubensis. The redspore is a mutation of the PF Classic mushroom which appeared in Psylocybe Fanaticus’ lab (I believe it was somewhere in 1996). Robert ‘Billy’ McPherson (aka ‘Psylocybe Fanaticus’), planned to release the new cubensis variety in the spring of 2003 along with the long awaited 2003 edition of the PF TEK book. Unfortunately the US Government decided to terminate the company www.fanaticus.com on February 18th 2003. During the raid, most of PF’s unique collection of cubensis genotypes was seized and later destroyed.

This is the second time the DEA has almost destroyed the life work of a magic mushroom pioneer. The first time was in 1981 when the DEA raided the greenhouse of Stephen Pollock (discoverer of Psilocybe tampanensis and collector of a series of famous cubensis varieties such as the Matías Romero). In the Pollock raid, many unique mushroom strains were lost forever. But a copy of the Fanaticus collection was saved in time and sent in exile to Europe. The unique redspore was among the saved genotypes.

The redspored variety will not immediately be released to the public. The reason is that I first want to find out how to proceed to ‘officially’ secure Robert McPherson’s name to attach to this unique mushroom variety. If it is classified as an Agrocybe then the name should be Agrocybe mcphersonii. It would be the first published example of a psilocybian Agrocybe. The other possibility is that it is the first published example of Psilocybe cubensis with fawn-colored spores. In that case it probably is a ‘Psilocybe cubensis var. mcphersonii’. Or even Psilocybe cubensis var. fanaticus. Whatever the outcome of this classification and naming debate will be, this mushroom shows that the mycological determination tables of before the time of gene technology are flawed (unless we assume that an organism can change genus over a single generation).

Psilocybin was confirmed to be present in the variety and it appeared to have the same potency as Psilocybe cubensis.

The spore color is also a neat clearly visible feature which can bring the ‘fanaticus’ varieties of cubensis mushrooms out of the closet and to the classrooms (to do mushroom breeding experiments). It can serve a similar purpose for mushroom science as the eye color does in Drosophila flies and the color of the peas in plant breeding experiments. This is especially so because the cubensis is perhaps the easiest and fastest microscale cultivatable gilled mushroom known.

No matter what the official Latin name will be, I feel that the name Robert McPherson should be atttached to it, to commemorate the man who popularized the cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms. Twelve years after the publication of the Psylocybe Fanaticus Technique (September 1991) nearly all of the home-cultivated Psilocybe cubensis and a huge portion of the commercially available Psilocybe mushrooms are grown on a PF-style substrate. Evidence of that forms the vermiculite dust on the stems of the mushrooms (vermiculite is an essential ingredient of PF Substrate, a ‘batter’ of brown rice powder and water on which the mushrooms are grown). This substrate doesn’t need a pressure canner and it was invented by Robert McPherson.

Unfortunately, it happens quite often that someone discovers a mushroom, sends it for identification to a mushroom expert and later finds out that the expert has named the mushroom after himself, or a friend or a family member of his. That should not happen here. For that reason the Psilocybe cubensis var. Mcphersonii aka. ‘PF Redspore’ will not be released until its name is secured.

Source erowid.org

Mcphersonii fanaticus (picture by FoolonFruity)

  1. killeriq says:

    grows slower than other ones, quite small , but much stronger than other kinds, like this one :)

  2. Just received a print and i was wondering how is it really going to turn out because the shroom on this page doesn’t look like other Redspore growth journals have attested, actually none of all looked really the same lol…but anyway thanks for the awesome service, i received my print in less than two weeks FSRE KICKS ASS !

  3. SillyCone says:

    It germinates very fast, in BRF cakes, mycelium growth could be observed in two days starting from a spore syringe. Some strains are very ryzhomorphic, might be interesting to do some selection on agar later on.
    The colonization is even faster on pure rye than BRF cakes (with temperatures between 27 and 29 degrees celcius).

    Both will be cased in the next days/weeks, can’t wait to suit it fruit, expect a few prints soon ;)

    • SillyCone says:

      On BRF, fruits are rather small, and on bulk, I had many aborts. Germination was fast but fruiting is slower than other cubes and not as productive.

      Fruits are VERY fat ass, though, and most show veins like the picture above. Caps are rounder than the pic, but that’s probably substrate dependent.

      All in all, a beautiful mushroom, just not as productive (for me) as other cubensis (Cambodia, Mexican Dutch King and PES Amazonian come to mind)

  4. mrshroom says:

    what a beauty! :)

  5. When will this beauty be released?

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