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Shaggy Scalycap

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The Shaggy Scalycap or 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 Scalycap (EN), Shaggy Pholiota, Cap Cennog Blewog (CY), Łuskwiak Nastroszony (PL), Tüskés Tőkegomba (HU)
Scientific Name Pholiota squarrosa
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.


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.

Cortina / Veil

The fairly robust veil covers the gills in young mushrooms.


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


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


Off white to pale yellow. Firm.


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

Possible Confusion

Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea), pictured, can look similar but the scales are less pronounced and do not cover the stem. Honey Fungus has a white spore print, Shaggy Scalycap spores are brown.

Spore Print

Rust brown. Bean shaped.

Taste / Smell

Smells radish like.



Other Facts

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


2 comments for Shaggy Scalycap

  1. Dee says:

    Maybe Pholiota flammans should also be mentioned as another potential lookalike? I’m a beginner and made that mistake, I think!

    1. Attila Fodi says:

      Hi Dee,
      Thank you for your suggestion. I didn’t really consider them as lookalikes, because of the following reasons:
      Flaming Scalycap (Pholiota flammans) grows individually or in smaller groups on rotting conifer stumps and fallen dead woods of conifers, while Shaggy Scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa) mostly grows in clusters around the base of deciduous trees (and only rarely around coniferous trees). Not to mention that Flaming Scalycap is bright yellow, while Shaggy Scalycap is pale yellow.
      However, we might put an additional comment once we created the Flaming Scalycap page.

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