Pholiota squarrosoides

Common Names: Sharp-scaly Pholiota, scaly Pholiota
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Pholiota

Saprobic and possibly parasitic; growing in clusters (rarely alone or scattered) on the wood of hardwoods; summer and fall. Cap is 3 to 11 cm; convex, becoming broadly convex or broadly bell-shaped; usually sticky; whitish underneath conspicuous tawny scales. Gills are attached to the stem or beginning to run down it; close or crowded; whitish, becoming rusty brown; at first covered by a partial veil. Stem is 4 to 10 cm long; up to 1.5 cm thick; dry; with an ephemeral ring or ring zone; whitish, sometimes becoming reddish brown near the base; covered with conspicuous tawny scales. Flesh is whitish. Spore print is cinnamon brown.

Theoretically, Pholiota squarrosoides can be separated from the very similar Pholiota squarrosa without the use of a microscope, since its gills go from whitish to rusty brown without passing through a greenish stage, and its cap is often slightly sticky underneath the scales (as opposed to the always-dry cap of Pholiota squarrosa). Additionally, Pholiota squarrosoides never develops the garlicky odor that some collections of Pholiota squarrosa develop.

Edible Notes: Some sources list it as edible while others suggest that it's potentially poisonous. There is considerable cause for concern that it could be mistaken for Pholiota squarrosa, which some sources say can cause poisoning, potentially if consumed with alcohol. Best avoided until more information is available.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.