Scientific name: Pholiota aurivella (Fries) Kummer
Derivation of name: Aure- means "gold" or "golden" and
vell- means "fleece." Aurivella, then, means "golden fleece."
Synonyms: P. adiposa; P. squarrosa-adiposa.
Common name(s): Golden Pholiota.
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic/parasitic;
typically in clusters on dead or living deciduous or conifer
wood; July through November.
Dimensions: Caps 4-15 cm wide; stipes 5-7.5 cm long
and 5-15 mm thick.
Cap: Sticky to slippery/slimy; yellow to yellowish-orange;
surface covered with large, flattened, wine-red scales.
Gills: Attached; yellowish at first, becoming rusty-brown.
Spore print: Brownish.
Stipe:Dry; colored like the cap or paler; scaly below the
ring, whitish above the ring.
Veil: Fibrous, whitish, partial veil leaving an evanescent ring or
zone of fibers
on the upper stalk.
Edibility: Although some people eat it, it is not
recommended as there are reports of gastric upset following
Comments: Michael Kuo makes the point in the website
below that there is
usually enough uncertainty due to age,
overlapping traits, and weather conditions,
analysis may be required to confirm
identifications for this
and most Pholiota species. For
example, Pholiota aurivella is similar in every
Pholiota limonella except for smaller spores.
More information at MushroomExpert.com:
More information at RogersMushrooms.com:
Figure 1. The viscid, slimy cap surface and flattened scales
are quite evident in these specimens. Photo © David Work.
Figure 2. Typical clustered growth habit. Photo © David
Figure 3. Note that the scales may not be completely
flattened. Also, scales can be washed
off in a rain which
can complicate the identification process.
Photo © William Roody.