The Shaggy Pholiota can grow in large clusters and feels dry for a Pholiota. The scales on the cap and stem are from a universal veil which tears into scales as the mushroom grows.
|Common Names||Shaggy Pholiota, Shaggy Scaleycap|
|Scientific Name||Pholiota squamosa|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||10|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
Starting fairly rounded then flattening out but retaining an in-rolled margin. Pale yellow with darker orange/brown scales covering the cap.
Starting pale yellow becoming cinnamon to brown. At first covered in a veil which breaks away to reveal the gills.
The veil breaks away and becomes a short lived skirt. The spore colour can be seen on top of the veil.
Grows in clusters at the base of deciduous trees and tree stumps, occasionally with coniferous trees.
Honey Fungus, pictured, can look similar but the scales are less pronounced and do not cover the stem. Honey Fungus has a white spore print, Shaggy Pholiotas spores are brown.
Rust brown. Bean shaped.
Taste / Smell
Smells radish like.
It is thought the Shaggy Pholiota is a saprobe, possibly with a slight parasitic tendency.