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Pholiota aurivella   (Golden Scalycap)
North America, Europe, New Zealand
Cap 4-15 cm diameter, stem 5-18 cm tall * 0.5-1.5 cm thick
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Pholiota aurivella, also known as Golden Scalycap, is a medium to large, orange-yellow, rounded agaric with scattered, reddish-orange scales embedded in the surface. It typically grows on decaying wood, such as stumps or fallen trees, and is found in temperate regions of Europe and North America.

Cap convex to broadly humped, bright golden yellow to rusty brown, with a slimy or greasy surface covered in darker-brown scales that sometimes disappear in rain. Gills close, adnate (broadly attached) and cream-coloured when young, turning reddish-brown as the spores develop. Stem central or off center, cylindrical, solid, firm, lemon-yellow but becoming browner with age. Surface cottony above the poorly developed ring, fibrillose to scaly below. The stem flesh is yellowish and fibrous. Spore print reddish-brown.

Microscopic Features: The spores are ellipsoidal and smooth, measuring 6.5-10 x 4-6μm. They possess a noticeable germ pore.

Pholiota aurivella on the First Nature Web site.

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