Sticky Scalycap

Pholiota gummosa

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Sticky Scalycap Pholiota gummosa (Lasch) Singer syn. P. ochrochlora (Fr.) P.D. Orton (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, convex then expanded or slightly depressed, margin with velar remnants at first; pale straw-coloured or tinged greenish at margin, covered in pointed, straw-yellow to olivaceous scales, especially at the centre; initially slightly viscid, soon dry. Stem 25–50×4–8mm; whitish at apex, straw-yellow below, darkening to rust at the base; covered in reflexed, straw-coloured or greenish scales below indistinct ring zone. Flesh whitish to yellowish in cap, becoming brownish in stem base; taste mild, smell none. Gills adnexed; whitish-yellow, becoming ochre or tinged olivaceous, finally cinnamon. Spores 6–8×4–5¼, elliptical to ovoid. Spore print rust-brown. Habitat in small clusters on wood; autumn. Frequent. Unknown edibility, avoid.