Pholiota destruens

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

TricholomaAgaricales     Order
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)

Inocybe pyriodoraBrown, Olive, Orange or Tan Spored     Suborder
Gills not free
Spore print tan, orange, deep ochre, yellowish olive, olive brown, rusty or cinnamon brown or deep brown
Ring usually either absent or not membranous

Pholiota albocrenulataLignicolous Brown Spored     Family
Growing on wood

Gymnopilus spectabilisMedium To Big Lignicolous Brown Spored     Subfamily
Cap usually more than 2" across, and sometimes up to 8; usually tan, yellow, or pumpkin-colored

Pholiota aurivellaPholiota     Genus
Having more than one of the following characters:
Cap slimy (all slimy MediumToBigLignicolousBrownSpored mushrooms go here)
Cap covered with pointy or fibrillose scales (all MediumToBigLignicolousBrownSpored mushrooms with this sort of scales go here)
Cap often yellowish

Pholiota squarrosaScaly Pholiota     Section
Growing on wood
Cap and stem with many pointy or patchy scales
Sometimes the scales wash off the cap in the rain (with a slippery cap, it's especially easy for that to happen); but they usually remain on the stalk (which is protected from the rain by the cap)
Cap typically yellowish

Pholiota destruens     (Brondeau) C. C. Gillet

Here are the characters that distinguish this species from the others in its group. For its more general characters, see higher up on the page.
If there's just a few words or a microscopic feature here, a more thorough description can be found above.


Microscropic Characters