Golden Scalycap

Pholiota aurivella

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Golden Scalycap Pholiota aurivella (Batsch) P. Kumm. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 4–15cm across, bell-shaped to convex with a broad umbo; ochre-orange to tawny; sticky to slimy, with large, flattened, spot-like scales, which may disappear or become somewhat sticky when wet. Stem 50–80×5–15mm, central or off-centre; yellowish to yellow-brown; solid, dry and cottony above the ring, hairy and with down-curving scales towards base; white partial veil leaves evanescent ring or zone on upper stalk. Flesh firm; yellow; taste slight, smell sweet. Gills adnate, close, moderately broad; pale yellowish, becoming tawny brown. Spores 7–9.5×4.5–6¼, ellipsoid, smooth, pore at apex. Spore print rusty brownish. Pleurocystidia present. Habitat in clusters on logs and living trunks of conifers and hardwoods; early summer to autumn. Not edible. Occasional. Note some mycologists use the name P. cerifera Karst.