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Pholiota alnicola.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Alder Scalycap, Erlen- Schüppling
Pholiota alnicola Mushroom
Ref No: 8578
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Pholiota alnicola2 Mushroom
Ref No: 8579
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Yellow
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Distinctly scaly
stem type: Ring on stem
flesh: Mushroom slimy or sticky
spore colour: Rusty brown
habitat: Grows on wood

Pholiota alnicola (Fr.) Sing. syn. Flammula alnicola (Fr.) Kummer syn. Dryophila alnicola (Fr.) Quél. Erlen- Schüppling Alder Scalycap. Cap 2–6(11)cm across, convex to flattened, smooth and greasy, bright lemon-yellow at first becoming flushed olivaceous at the margin, remains of veil often adhering to the margin. Stem 20–80 x 5–10mm, pale lemon-yellow above the remains of the veil becoming rusty-brown towards the base, not viscid. Flesh yellow in cap, rusty towards the stem base. Taste mild to slightly bitter, smell pleasant and sweet. Gills pale yellow at first becoming cinnamon. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, hyaline, hair-like, clavate. Spore print rusty brown. Spores oval, smooth, 8.5–11.5 x 5–5.5um. Habitat solitary or in small clusters on deciduous wood, especially alder, willow and birch. Season autumn. Uncommon. Inedible. Distribution, America and Europe. Note the two forms that I have collected seem to differ in form and will need to be rechecked.

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