Lumpy scaly

Tuberous scale (Pholiota tuberculosa)


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

Tuberous scale (Pholiota tuberculosa)

Lumpy scaly (Pholiota tuberculosa) is a mushroom of the Strophariaceous family, belonging to the Scaley genus (Foliot).

External description

The fruiting body of the described species is agaricoid, consisting of a stem and a cap. Fungal hymenophore – lamellar, can be folded, contain rudimentary plates. The constituent elements of the hymenophore, called plates, are characterized by a large width, reddish-brown color. The head of the mushroom is 1–2 (sometimes 5) cm in diameter. The fibers and small scales are clearly visible on it. The shape of the mushroom cap is convex, has an ocher-brown color.

The leg is felt, characterized by a brown-yellow color, and the diameter is 1.5-2 cm. The spores of the fungus contain pores, are characterized by an ellipsoidal shape and microscopic dimensions of 6-73-4 microns.

Season and habitat of the fungus

Lumpy scales live mainly on the substrate, living trees, wood of dead vegetation. You can also see this mushroom on deadwood, stumps left after cutting down deciduous trees. The described species bears fruit in the period from August to October.


Nothing is known about the nutritional properties of lumpy scales. The mushroom is classified as conditionally edible.

Similar types and differences from them

Tuberous scale (Pholiota tuberculosa) has no similarities with other varieties of fungi.

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