Pholiota squarrosa    (Weigel:Fr.) P. Kumm. 

common name(s) : Shaggy Scalycap, Shaggy Pholiota 

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

synonyms: Dryophila squarrosa 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Pholiota reflexa)  

edibility : inedible

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

The cap is brown (scales) on a pale yellow background, convex then flattened, with a central umbo; its margin is smooth. The cap surface is scaly, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is yellow, scaly under the ring hanging very high, smooth above, with a sheathing ring.

The flesh is pale yellow, brown towards the stem base, unchanging; its taste is mild, faint, of radish; the odour is peppery or of cork; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are pale yellow to olive-brown, adnate, crowded . The spore print is rusty brown. This species is parasitic or saprophytic. It grows on wood (dead or not), in tufts, in broad-leaved woods (sometimes with conifers), parks, gardens, on fruit trees : apple trees, cherry trees.

The fruiting period takes place from September to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 9 cm (between 3 and 17 cm)
  height of stem approximately 11 cm (between 4 and 20 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 14 mm (between 7 and 25 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : cap surface covered with erect scales; stem banded with scales up to the sheathing ring; cap and stem not viscid; in dense tufts; on stumps or base of tree trunks; faint odour

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

page updated on 14/01/18