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Pholiota aurivella

Golden Pholiota

Family Strophariaceae


Potentially Edible
Slimy, ochre cap with spot-like scales. Brownish gills and evanescent ring on scaly, ochre stalk. Clustered on wood.

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Description

Cap:5-15 cm (2-6") wide. Bell shaped to convex or with broad knob. Sticky to slimy, covered with large flattened, spot-like scales, sometimes missing. Orange to tawny.


Gills:
Attached, close, moderately
broad, pale yellow to light brown.

 



Cluster and Cap (Limor Weizmann Waltham, MA)
Cluster and Cap

Underside and Stalk (Limor Weizmann Waltham, MA)
Underside and Stalk


Stalk: 5-10 cm (2-4") long and 0.5-1.5 cm (1/4-5/8") thick. Dry, cottony above ring. Fibrous or with down curled scales below. Yellow to yellow-brown.

Veil: Partial veil, off-white. Leaving evanescent ring or zone on upper stalk.

Spore print: Brown.

 

Cluster  (Limor Weizmann Waltham, MA)
Cluster

Habitat and Range

Clustered on living trunks and logs of deciduous and coniferous trees, especially maple, elm, beech and birch. Canada to Tennessee, west to Washington and New Mexico.

Season

September-November

 

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