Cinder flakes

Cinder scale (Pholiota highlandensis) Cinder scale (Pholiota highlandensis) Cinder scale (Pholiota highlandensis)

Cinder scale (Pholiota highlandensis)

Systematics:

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Strophariaceae
  • Genus: Pholiota (Scaly)
  • Species: Pholiota highlandensis (Cinder scale)

Synonyms:

  • Carbon-loving scales

  • Foliot cinder

  • The coal-loving foliot

Cinder flakes

Hat: in a young mushroom, the cap has the shape of a hemisphere, then the cap opens and becomes open, but not completely. The cap is from two to six cm in diameter. It has an indeterminate color, orange-brown. In wet weather, the surface of the cap is slimy. Very often the cap is covered with dirt, due to the growing conditions of the fungus. Along the edges, the cap has a lighter shade, very often the edges are wavy, covered with scraps of bedspread. There is a wide truncated tubercle in the central part of the cap. The skin of the cap is sticky, shiny with small radial fibrous scales.

Flesh: Rather thick and firm flesh. Has a light yellow or light brown color. Does not differ in special taste and smell.

Plates: not frequent, adherent. In youth, the plates have a grayish color, then they become clay-brown due to ripening spores.

Spore powder: brown.

Stem: the lower part of the stem is covered with brown fibers, the upper part is lighter, like a cap. The height of the leg is up to 6 cm. The thickness is up to 1 cm. The trace from the ring is practically invisible. The surface of the leg is covered with small reddish brown scales. The brownish fibrous annular zone on the stem disappears very quickly. Scraps of bedspread last longer around the edges of the cap.

Distribution: some sources claim that cinder flakes begin to grow from August, but in fact, they are found already from May. It grows on old fireplaces and burnt places, on charred wood. Fruits at variable intervals until October. By the way, it is not very clear how this mushroom reproduces.

Similarity: if we take into account the place where the fungus grows, then it is almost impossible to confuse it with other species. Similar mushrooms do not grow on burnt-out areas.

Edibility: there is no information on the edibility of cinder flakes.

Notes: at the edge of a dense forest, on a small fireplace, a wonderful mushroom grows – cinder flakes. On the one hand, the mushroom is inconspicuous and useless, since it is not used for food, but at the same time it is easily recognizable and memorable. In clear dry weather, young mushrooms do not have time to smear in ash and soot and it becomes clear that cinder flakes have the same graceful shapes as other mushrooms of this genus, for example, alder flakes.

Cinder scale (Pholiota highlandensis) Cinder scale (Pholiota highlandensis) Cinder scale (Pholiota highlandensis)

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