Species - Weraroa novaezelandiae
Family - Strophariaceae (same Family as the genus Psilocybe)
Genus - Weraroa
Is the Weraroa Pouch Fungi active?
Yes, the pouch fungi contains active alkaloids and is non-toxic. No one knows for sure what the chemical make up is, more research needs to be done on this species. Like other active fungi, Weraroa novaezelandiae demonstrate a strong bluing reaction when cut or bruised.
Where can they be found?
Weraroa novaezelandiae have only been found in New Zealand. Generally found South of Wanganui in the North Island. They are also found in the south island, but I'm not sure of their distribution. Weraroa cucullata are found in swampy areas of California, tho it's not active.
Where did it come from?
The Weraroa genus is suspected of being derived from the Psilocybe genus. Many consider it to be the ancient ancestor to the Strophariaceae family. Like the rest of the family, it's a saprobic fungi. Saprobes derive their nutrition from nonliving organic material.
Do they drop spores?
Because they are pouch fungi, they dont drop spores as the gills remain enclosed in the body. They rely on insects to spread spores.
What's the trip like?
The trip comes on very quickly compared to other varieties. A sense of weirdness appears followed by slight giddiness and strange waves across the body. These shrooms tend to sink you into really weird thinking patterns. The trip is not very visual for most unless a larger dose is ingested. At higher doses, visual distortions are evident and walking can be very difficult. This mushroom can be really bizarre and intense, definately for the more experienced tripper and not for the faint at heart.
Here's some pics from Inski: (click to enlarge)
And a few macros: spores and cheilocystidia
Wet vs Dry Dry
Some pics from Zeewarp (Weraroa virescens)
Info an pics collected from Inski, Zeewarp, ShroomieDole, Gumby and FeralPsyStomper