It’s golden and reputed to be a teacher – it’s Golden Teacher! A classic cubensis, and very domesticated, its origin is unknown but it was probably discovered in the Gulf region of the USA. Some Golden Teachers grow to be quite large and may develop a nipple on the top of the cap. Colonization and fruiting times may be a little slower than average.
Habitat: Bovine, Equine Dung and Enriched Soils
Strain Origin: Unknown
Cap: 50+ mm in diameter, convex to broadly convex to plane at maturity. Reddish cinnamon brown maturing to golden brown to light yellow. Surface dry with pronounced and persistent remnants of universal veil on cap (spots). Flesh white soon bruising bluish green.
Stem: 125+ mm in length, yellowish. Flesh bruising bluish green where injured. Persistent membranous annulus (ring) from partial veil that becomes dusted with purple brown spores at maturity.
Gills: Attachment adnate to adnexed. Grayish coloration in young fruit bodies becoming nearly black in maturity.
Spores: Dark purplish brown, subellipsoid on 4-spored basidia
Images at right illustrate laboratory produced Golden Teachers on cased cow manure. Photos supplied by our European research associates courtesy of Anno (thanks!).
Golden Teacher another strain that’s great for beginners and a favourite among more advanced growers. The cap has a golden center fading to white around the edge. The fruits are medium to large, and the colonization speed is fast. Produces very Large fruits on cased straw, and in later flushes.