Pholiota lenta    (Pers.:Fr.) Singer 

common name(s) : Slimy Pholiota 

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

synonyms: Flammula lenta, Dryophila lenta, Pholiota adiposa ss.auct.2. 

edibility : discard

photo gallery of  Pholiota lenta
photo gallery of  Pholiota lenta potential confusions with  Pholiota lenta toxicity of Pholiota lenta genus Pholiota  

The cap is whitish to cream or beige; its margin is with white veil remnants. The cap surface is covered with short-lasting scales, viscid or sticky.

The stem is white, with brownish base and white flakes, not viscous, with a ring zone (cortina remains).

The flesh is whitish, brownish in stem base, unchanging; its taste is mild or bitter, of radish or horseradish; the odour is not distinctive or fruity; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are pale yellow then brownish, adnate, crowded . The spore print is ochre. This species is saprophytic. It grows on dead wood, in tufts, in broad-leaved (sometimes coniferous) woods, with beech.

The fruiting period takes place from July to March.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 6 cm (between 3 and 10 cm)
  height of stem approximately 7 cm (between 3 and 12 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 9 mm (between 4 and 15 mm)

Distinctive features : very slimy cap surface; stem with flakes; looks like a webcap (Cortinarius) but grows on wood

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

page updated on 14/01/18