Flaming Scalycap

Pholiota flammans


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Flaming Scalycap Pholiota flammans (Batsch) P. Kumm. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 2–8cm across, convex then expanded, margin incurved; tawny yellow, covered in recurved lemon- to sulphur-yellow scales. Stem 40–80Γ—4–10mm; bright yellow; concolorous, cottony ring near apex, densely covered in concolorous scales below. Flesh pale yellow. Gills adnate; pale yellow at first, darkening to rusty yellow with age. Spores 4–4.5Γ—2–2.5ΒΌ, elliptical. Spore print rusty. Pleurocystidia lanceolate with pointed apex, staining deeply cotton blue in lactic acid. Habitat singly or in tufts on conifer stumps or fallen trunks; late summer to autumn. Rare, more frequent in the Scottish Highlands. Not edible.

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