Pholiota squarrosa (Dry Scaly Pholiota)
North America, Europe
Cap 3-12 cm diameter, stem 5-12 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm thick
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Pholiota squarrosa, also known as Dry Scaly Pholiota, has a yellowish-brown large hat that is covered with brown scales. The gills are light yellow to brown. The foot is the same colour as the hat and protruding scales. The mushroom grows in small or large clumps on hardwood, often at the base of live or dead hardwoods.

Cap first bell-shaped to rounded and later somewhat flattened, yellowish-brown to tawny in older specimens. The scales on the cap are yellowish to tawny and recurved. Flesh pallid yellow and firm. Gills crowded closely together, attached to the stem or beginning to run down it. When young, they are whitish to yellowish, but as they mature, they turn greenish yellow and eventually rusty brown. Initially, the gills are covered by a partial veil. Stem coloured as cap above, becoming tinged rust towards the base, more or less equal or tapering downwards, scaly as the cap. The ring is ragged and almost zone-like. The upper section of the stem above the ring is paler and smooth. Spore print rusty brown.

Microscopic Features: The spores are ellipsoidal, smooth, 5.5-9 x 3.5-5μm in size with an apical germ pore.

Pholiota squarrosa on the Nature First Web site.
Pholiota squarrosa on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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