Pholiota aurivella    (Batsch:Fr.) P. Kumm. 

common name(s) : Golden Scalycap 

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

synonyms: Pholiota cerifera ss.auct., Pholiota adiposa ss.auct.1., Dryophila aurivella, Pholiota aurivellus 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Pholiota lilacifolia)  

edibility : discard

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The cap is orange yellow, with a central umbo; its margin is with white veil remnants. The cap surface is scaly, viscid or sticky.

The stem is with brown scales at the base, dry or sticky (young), with a short-lived ring.

The flesh is pale yellow, more like red-brown in the stem, unchanging; its taste is bitter or faint; the odour is not distinctive; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are yellow then cinnamon, adnate, crowded . The spore print is rusty brown. This species is saprophytic, sometimes parasitic. It grows on wood, sometimes still alive, in tufts, in broad-leaved (sometimes coniferous) woods, mostly on beech, sometimes on willow.

The fruiting period takes place from June to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 9 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 9 cm (between 3 and 18 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 12 mm (between 5 and 25 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : bright yellow and viscous cap surface, with large blackening and adpressed scales which may disappear; tufted, often high in trees on wounds

Pholiota aurivella is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Pholiota aurivella in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Pholiota aurivella in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18