E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Pholiota squarrosa (Fr.) P. Kumm.
scaly Pholiota

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Introduction to the Macrofungi

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Species Information

features include pale yellow, dry cap with conspicuous erect or recurved scales, similar scales on dry stem below ring area, crowded gills that often develop a greenish tinge when old, mild to garlic or onion odor, growth in tufts on wood, dull rusty brown spore deposit; Smith(3) examined collections from ID, ON, CO, MI, MN, NM, NY, WY, Austria, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and noted reports from MA, ME, CD, PA, WI; collections from BC deposited at Pacific Forestry Centre and at University of British Columbia; reported by Volk(3) from AK, Breitenbach(4) give distribution as North America, Europe, Asia
3-10(15)cm across, obtuse or convex becoming broadly bell-shaped to slightly umbonate or flat, margin incurved at first; pale tan to straw, buff or pale yellow-brown, or when old darker yellow-brown or sometimes greenish yellow toward the margin, covered with a dense layer of upright or recurved [upcurved] scales that are often darker; dry, margin often fringed copiously with veil remnants, (Arora), 3-10(12)cm across, obtuse or convex becoming broadly bell-shaped with a conic umbo to nearly flat, margin incurved at first; pale yellow, or when old greenish yellow toward the margin, with a conspicuous layer of innate, recurved, or squarrose scales, which are '"cinnamon-buff" to "clay-color" and becoming dull tawny at maturity (light to dark yellowish brown)'; dry, margin at first conspicuously fringed with veil remnants, (Smith)
rather pliant; pale yellowish, (Arora), moderately thick and pliant; pale yellowish; in stem yellowish, (Smith)
adnexed to adnate to slightly decurrent, crowded; "pale yellowish to buff or tinged gray, then often developing a greenish tinge" before finally becoming brown or dull rusty brown, (Arora); "bluntly adnate to somewhat arcuate and with a decurrent line or tooth, close to crowded, narrow"; 'pale yellowish when young, soon more or less sordid greenish yellow ("Isabella color"), and finally sordid rusty brown'; edges even, (Smith)
4-12cm x 0.5-1.5cm, equal or narrowing downward, solid; colored like cap or becoming darker brown or reddish brown in lower part; smooth above the veil, covered with erect or recurved scales in lower part like those on the cap, (Arora), 4-10(12)cm x 0.4-1.2(1.5)cm, equal or nearly equal, at times with a long pointed base, solid; dry, covered up to the ring zone with recurved, pale tawny scales, (Smith)
membranous-fibrillose, forming a fragile, often torn, superior ring on stem "or only leaving shreds on cap margin", (Arora), ring often evanescent [fleeting] but sometimes membranous and persistent (and then cap margin not conspicuously appendiculate), (Smith)
none or garlic or onion (Smith), lemon, radish, onion, or skunk, (Schalkwijk-Barendsen), faint, unpleasant, radish, (Buczacki)
mild or slightly rancid (Smith)
Microscopic spores:
spores (5)6-7.5(8) x 3.8-4.5 microns, elliptic to ovate in face view, obscurely inequilateral to bean-shaped in side view, smooth, apical germ pore distinct but apex not truncate, spores dull tawny in KOH and near cinnamon in Melzer's reagent, wall about 0.25 microns thick; basidia 4-spored, (16)20-25 x 5-7 microns, clavate, colorless in KOH, yellowish in Melzer's reagent; pleurocystidia of two types 1) chrysocystidia, (26)30-48 x (6)8-16 microns, "clavate to clavate-mucronate, apex papillate or drawn into a distinct projection, walls thin and smooth", refractive inclusion colorless in KOH and dextrinoid in Melzer's reagent, 2) 30-45 x 9-14 microns, elliptic to oval-pedicellate or clavate, colorless and evenly refractive throughout in KOH, yellowish in Melzer's reagent, walls thin and smooth, cheilocystidia 18-43 x 5-15 microns, "subfusoid, fusoid-ventricose, clavate or clavate-mucronate", some with highly refractive content; clamp connections present but not always abundant, (Smith), spores 5.5-9 x 3.5-5 microns, elliptic, smooth, with germ pore, (Arora)
Spore deposit:
dull rusty brown (Arora), red-brown (Buczacki)

Habitat / Range

in tufts or dense clusters on wood, usually at the bases of conifer and hardwood trees, (Arora), cespitose [in tufts] "on living conifer and hardwood trees, at the base of living or dead trees, or on logs and stumps", (Smith), July to October, (Lincoff(2)), summer, fall

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not recommended, some get severe stomach upset, (Arora)

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Species References

Smith(3) (colors in double quotation marks from Ridgway(1)), Arora(1)*, Lincoff(2)*, Lincoff(1)*, Miller(14)*, Schalkwijk-Barendsen(1)*, Courtecuisse(1)*, Bessette(2)*, Barron(1)*, Volk(3), Breitenbach(4)*, Buczacki(1)*, Bacon(1)*, AroraPocket*

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