Pholiota squarrosoides 

Pholiota squarrosoides (Peck) Saccharide. 1887

This is one of the most common species of Pholiota in the northeast.  it has a caespitose habit and grows on a variety of dead broad leaf tree wood, but may be most frequently occurring on beech. It bears brownish somewhat regularly arranged erect scales on a yellow to pale yellowish cap that is usually slightly viscid when moist. Mature specimens may exhibit a dry cap. Remnants of its whitish partial veil can be seen on the cap margin and at the apex of the coarslely scaly stem, which is white above the ring. Gills are buff white to yellowish brown, closely-spaced and become ochre-brown from released spores as does the ring. Flesh is pale yellow. The spores of Pholiota squarrosoides are smaller than those of its ‘look-a-like’, Pholiota squarrosa.

Pholiota squarrosoides1873

Pholiota squarrosoides