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.
Bright yellow, convex to broadly humped. Surface scales embedded in a slime layer, sometimes disappearing in rain. Gills
close, adnate (broadly attached) at first; yellowish to reddish brown. Spores
are reddish-brown. Stem
central or off center, cylindrical, solid, firm. Surface cottony above poorly developed ring, fibrillose to scaly below.
Pholiota jahnii and Pholiota limonella
which has less distinctive scales.
on the First Nature Web site.