Golden Scalycap Pholiota aurivella


Golden Scalycap (Pholiota aurivella )
Discovered in local wood. 15th October 2016. © Peter Hillman
Golden Scalycap (Pholiota aurivella )
Discovered in local wood. 15th October 2016. © Peter Hillman

A fairly large mushroom with a golden yellow or rusty brown cap covered in darker scales. The gills are cream when young, turning reddish-brown as the spores develop. The stem is lemon-yellow becoming browner with age. It has a pale ring.

It is widespread but occasional. Native to Britain.


Size
Cap 5-15 cm in diameter
Stem 3-9 cm tall, 6-12 mm in diameter

When to see it
September to December.

Where to see it
Found clustered on the dead wood of deciduous trees, especially tree trunks or logs.

Class
Agaricomycetes

Order
Agaricales (Gilled mushrooms)

Family
Strophariaceae (Roundheads, Tufts & Scalycaps)