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Shaggy Pholiota

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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.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Shaggy Pholiota, Shaggy Scaleycap
Scientific Name Pholiota squamosa
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Starting fairly rounded then flattening out but retaining an in-rolled margin. Pale yellow with darker orange/brown scales covering the cap.

Gills

Starting pale yellow becoming cinnamon to brown. At first covered in a veil which breaks away to reveal the gills.

Cortina / Veil

The fairly robust veil covers the gills in young mushrooms.

Stem

Covered in orange/brown scales below the veil/skirt, smooth and pale yellow above.

Skirt

The veil breaks away and becomes a short lived skirt. The spore colour can be seen on top of the veil.

Flesh

Off white to pale yellow. Firm.

Habitat

Grows in clusters at the base of deciduous trees and tree stumps, occasionally with coniferous trees.

Possible Confusion

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.

Spore Print

Rust brown. Bean shaped.

Taste / Smell

Smells radish like.

Frequency

Occasional.

Other Facts

It is thought the Shaggy Pholiota is a saprobe, possibly with a slight parasitic tendency.

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