Originally collected in the wild in a sandy meadow near Tampa, Florida, in 1977, the fungus would not be found in Florida again until 44 years later. The original Florida specimen was cloned, and descendants remain in wide circulation.
In nature, sclerotia are produced by the fungus as a rare form of protection from wildfires and other natural disasters.
Psilocybe Tampanensis Description
The surface is smooth, not striate (grooved), ochraceous brown to straw brown,
The gills are more or less adnate (broadly attached to the stem slightly above the bottom of the gill,
with most of the gill fused to the stem) and brown to dark purple brown in color with lighter edges.
The stem is 2–6 cm (0.8–2.4 in) long, 1–2 mm (0.04–0.08 in) thick,
and equal in width throughout to slightly enlarged near the base. There are fibrils near the top of the stem.
The flesh is whitish to yellowish, and bruises blue when injured.
The spore print is purple-brown.
There are no pleurocystidia (cystidia on the gill face).