Scaly scales (Pholiota squarrosa) photo and description

Scaly scales (Pholiota squarrosa)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Strophariaceae (Strophariaceae)
  • Genus: Pholiota (Scaly)
  • Species: Pholiota squarrosa (Scaly scales)
    Other names for the mushroom:

  • Common scaly
  • Scaly fleecy
  • Scale dry

Other names:

  • Scaly fleecy

  • Scaly scales

  • Scale dry

Scaly scales (Pholiota squarrosa)


Scaly scales grow from mid-July to early October (massively from late August to late September) in different forests on dead and living wood, on trunks, at the base around the trunks, on the roots of deciduous (birch, aspen) and less often coniferous (spruce) trees , on stumps and around them, in groups-bunches, colonies, not infrequently, annually

Scaly scales (Pholiota squarrosa) - fungi that live on wood, they can be both saprotrophs and parasites. Young fruits have a blanket that breaks later, and its remnants can remain at the edges of the cap or form a ring on the stem.

Scaly scales - The most common type of scales. It grows in Europe. North America and Japan, appearing in summer and autumn on roots, stumps and at the base of the trunks of beech, apple, spruce. It is an edible mushroom of poor quality , as its flesh is tough and it tastes bitter. Several related species are similar in color to common scaly. In the fall, mushroom pickers often confuse common scaly with autumn honeydew, however, honeydew is not hard and large-scaled.


Scaly scales (Pholiota squarrosa) has a cap with a diameter of 6-8 (sometimes up to 20) cm, at first hemispherical, then convex and convex-prostrate, with numerous protruding pointed, flat lagging large scales of ocher-brown, ocher-brown on a pale -yellow or pale ocher background.

Leg 8-20 cm long and 1-3 cm in diameter, cylindrical, sometimes narrowed towards the base, dense, solid, one-color with a cap, rusty-brown at the base, with a scaly ring, smooth above it, light, below it - with numerous concentric lagging ocher brown scales.

Plates: frequent, thin, adherent or slightly descending, light, yellowish-brownish, brownish-brownish with age.


Ocher spore powder


Thick, fleshy, white or yellowish, according to the literature, reddish in the leg, without a special smell.

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Edible mushroom (according to some experts, conditionally edible, and even for some reason inedible), is used fresh (boiled for about 20 minutes) in the second courses, it is more tasty in salted and pickled with spices. The spruce form is slightly bitter, it is better to salt and pickle it. Legs are collected only from young mushrooms with an unopened cap and yellowish (not brownish) pulp.