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Pholiota squarrosa   (Dry Scaly Pholiota)
Family
Strophariaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 3-12 cm diameter, stem 5-12 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
The hat of this agaric is yellow-white and covered with brown scales. The gills are light yellow to brown. The foot is the same color as the hat and protruding scales. Grows on hardwood, often at the base of live or dead hardwoods.

Cap straw-yellow covered in coarse, upturned, rust scales; convex, becoming flattened but with persistently inrolled margin, not greasy or viscid. Flesh pallid yellow and firm. Gills pallid yellow, becoming cinnamon at maturity, adnate, crowded. Spores are brown. Stem colored as cap above, becoming tinged rust towards the base, more or less equal or tapering downwards, scaly as cap. Ring ragged and almost zone-like.

Similar species Smaller and paler Pholiota squarrosoides is highly sticky-slimy beneath the scales. It also occurs on deciduous trees but is rare in Europe, more common in North America. Gymnopilys junonius found in the same habitat, lacks the distinctive cap scales.

Pholiota squarrosa on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.



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