Sticky scales (Pholiota lenta) photo and description

Sticky scales (Pholiota lenta)

  • 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 lenta (sticky scales)
    Other names for the mushroom:
  • Clay yellow scales


Clay yellow scales

Sticky scales (Pholiota lenta)

External description

Hat: In youth, the cap of the mushroom has a convex shape, then becomes prostrate. In the central part there is often a blunt tubercle, emphasized by color. The surface of the cap is whitish in young mushrooms, then the cap acquires a clay-yellow color. The tubercle in the central part of the cap has a darker shade. The surface of the cap is very slimy, even in dry weather. The cap is covered with tightly pressed, often inconspicuous scales. On the slightly tucked edges of the cap, scraps of the bedspread are often visible. In rainy, humid weather, the surface of the cap becomes slimy.

Flesh: the bonnet is characterized by a watery flesh of a light cream color. The pulp has an expressionless mushroom smell and practically no taste.

Plates: adherent, frequent plates in young mushrooms of a light clay color, in mature mushrooms, under the influence of ripened spores, the plates become rusty brown. In his youth, the plate is hidden by a cobweb veil.

Spore powder: brown.

Leg: cylindrical leg, up to 8 cm high. No more than 0.8 cm thick. The leg is often curved, which is due to the growing conditions of the fungus. Inside the leg is made or solid. In the center of the cap there are remnants of the bedspread, which visually divide the leg into two areas. In the upper part, the leg is light creamy, smooth. In the lower part, the leg is covered with large flaky white scales. The flesh of the leg is more fibrous and tough. At the base, the flesh is reddish-brown, slightly lighter above, closer to yellowish color.


Glutinous scales are considered a late fungus. The fruiting period begins in autumn and ends with the first frost in November. It is found in mixed and coniferous forests, on the remains of spruce and pine trees. Also found on the soil near stumps. Grows in small groups.


The uniqueness of the fungus Scaly sticky is late fruiting and a very slimy, sticky cap. But, nevertheless, there is one species similar to sticky scales, with the same slimy fruit bodies, and this species bears fruit just as late.


Glutinous scales - an edible mushroom, but due to its slimy appearance, it is not appreciated in mushroom cooking. Although eyewitnesses claim that this is just a disguise and the mushroom is not only edible, but also quite tasty.

Video about the mushroom Scaly sticky:

Note: It should be noted that not every slimy mushroom looks untidy and repulsive. Despite its obvious stickiness, Pholiota lenta is neat and pretty enough.