Flammula alnicola    (Fr.:Fr.) P. Kumm. 

common name(s) : Alder Scalycap, Alder Pholiota 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Strophariaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Cortinariales/Strophariaceae/Pholioteae  

synonyms: Pholiota alnicola, Dryophila alnicola, Pholiota amara, Pholiota alnicola-alnicola 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Pholiota aromatica, Pholiota malicola)  

edibility : discard

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photo gallery of  Flammula alnicola potential confusions with  Flammula alnicola toxicity of Flammula alnicola genus Flammula  

The cap is lemon yellow to olive green; its margin is with white veil remnants. The cap surface is smooth, viscid or sticky.

The stem is slender, yellow then rusty brown towards base, not viscous, with a ring zone.

The flesh is pale yellow, more like red-brown in the stem, unchanging; its taste is mild or bitter; the odour is sweet, of candy or acid drops; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are yellow then cinnamon, adnate, crowded . The spore print is rusty brown (non violet). This species is saprophytic. It grows on dead wood, in tufts, in damp places, swamps, mostly on alder, sometimes on willow, mountain ash, beech, birch.

The fruiting period takes place from August to March.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 6 cm (between 1 and 11 cm)
  height of stem approximately 8 cm (between 2 and 15 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 9 mm (between 5 and 15 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : Lemon yellow cap surface, sometimes with red spots close to the margin, greasy or sticky to the finger when moist; rusty brown stem towards base with cortina-like ring or veil remnants on cap margin; fruity odour; tufted, on alder or willow

Flammula alnicola is quite rare and scattered in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Flammula alnicola in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Flammula alnicola in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18