A fairly large mushroom with a cap of up to 12cm across, it is golden yellow or rusty brown covered in darker scales.
Found clustered on the dead wood of deciduous trees, especially tree trunks or logs. It is widespread but occasional.
Photographs of Golden Scalycap (Pholiota aurivella), taken October 2016, local wood, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.