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Gymnopilus junonius is a species of mushroom in the family Cortinariaceae. Commonly known as laughing gym, laughing Jim, or the spectacular rustgill, this large orange mushroom is typically found growing on tree stumps, logs, or tree bases. Some subspecies of this mushroom contain the hallucinogenic compound psilocybin.
Large, orangish yellow, with a ring on the stalk. Grows in clusters on stumps and trunks, on ground, or over buried wood. August–October. Cap convex; orangish yellow to fawn; texture smooth with minute scales. Gills broad; light yellow to rust; spacing crowded; gills attached. Stalk with equal sides or club-shaped; light yellow to ocher; covered with tiny fibers; has a ring. Partial veil thin and fibrous, pale yellow, leaving a line or zone on the stalk. Spore print orange to rust. Spores magnified are oval to elliptical, wrinkled. Odor like anise; taste (chew on a tiny piece of cap, then spit it out) bitter.
- Cap (pileus). The diameter is typically 4-20 cm, although some exceptional specimens have been discovered with caps measuring 30 cm in diameter. The cap is initially convex, with an in-rolled margin; it eventually flattens out but retains a slight umbo (central raise area). It is bright yellow-orange in younger specimens and orange/brown or reddish-brown in older ones, and has a dry scaly surface.
- Gills (lamellae). A yellow cortina (veil) covers the gills of immature fruit bodies, breaking and shriveling to leave fragments around the rim of the cap and the stipe. The crowded gills are adnate with a broad attachment to the stipe. They are straw yellow to buff at first, changing to a bright rusty color as the spores mature.
- Stem (stipe). 5-25 cm long, 1-5 cm thick, and often narrower at the base. The robust stem is the same color as the cap. Its surface is fibrous below the ring, which soon gathers spores and turns rusty brown. At the base, the stipe is either bulbous or clavate (club-shaped).
- Odor. Mild.
- Taste. Bitter, making it inedible.
We can see from the color of the mushroom why it also goes by the spectacular rustgill. It is also worth noting that unlike psychoactive relatives in the Psilocybe genus, the laughing gym mushroom does not typically bruise blue.
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There are not many guides out there on how to grow Gymnopilus junonius, and it would be difficult to find a grow kit for this species. (Some vendors sell grow kits for Gymnopilus luteofolius, for instance, but this is because it definitely contains psilocybin and in high enough quantities that will cause you to trip.)
If you want to grow the laughing gym mushroom, you can do so by growing it outdoors, although this may be a lengthy process.
Since Gymnopilus junonius likes to grow on logs, you can cultivate them yourself in a similar way. This involves drilling holes into a log and inserting impregnated dowels (hardened dowels inoculated and colonized with mushroom mycelium) into them. You then seal each dowel in place.
You should then wrap your inoculated logs lightly in plastic and leave them in a cool, shady area for 8-12 weeks. After this time, remove the plastic, then stack the logs in damp shade. Mushrooms should appear in Autumn and Spring after 6-18 months, and on larger logs, they can return every few months for up to five years.
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