SHAGGY PHOLIOTA

Pholiota squarrosa
STROPHARIACEAE FAMILY (Strophariaceae)

Description
This mushroom has a scaly, dry, yellow-brown cap on a scaly stem. Its cap is about 1-5 inches wide. It is convex in shape but becomes broadly convex or broadly bell shaped. The mushroom is yellowish underneath with conspicuous buff to tawny scales. The gills are attached to the stem or beginning to run down it and become greenish tinged.

Occurrence
It grows on dead matter and may also be parasitic. It grows in clusters on the wood of hardwoods or conifers. It is often found at the bases of living or dead trees. It is found chiefly in August through November. In Fontenelle Forest it is rare. It was found at the entrance to Signal Ridge Trail at the road.

Comments
This mushroom has a garlicky odor which is an identification aid.

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