Pholiota populnea

(old name – Pholiota destruens)

No Common name

Family Strophariaceae, Order Agaricales

Pholiota populneaCAP LARGE, ROBUST WITH WHITE TO BUFF SCALES

Cap:  8-20 cm broad, convex, white to creamy, light brown in age, with scattered scales, margin shaggy with hanging pieces of partial veil

GILLS ATTACHED, WHITE THEN BROWN

Gills:  do not descend stalk, attached to stalk, white when young, becoming brown at maturity.

STALK WITH RING; SHAGGY BELOW RING

Stalk: 5-15 cm long, 1-3 cm thick, smooth above ring, scaly or woolly below ring; white then dark in age
Ring:  white, shaggy, loose, leaves evanescent ring on upper stalk or sometimes absent in age

SPORE PRINT CINNAMON BROWN

Spores 7-9.5 x 4-5,5 µm, smooth, elliptical

ON COTTONWOOD LOGS

NOT POISONOUS

Lookalike:

Pleurotus dryinus – white gills descending stalk; white spore print

Hypsizygus ulmarius - while gills and spore print

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This mushroom is usually described as nonpoisonous, but not tasting good.  It is a large, sturdy mushroom that typically fruits on the ends of cottonwood logs.  



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