Name: Pholiota multifolia (Peck) A.H. Sm. & Hesler
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Rank: Species

Status: Accepted

Name: Pholiota multifolia

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Author: (Peck) A.H. Sm. & Hesler


Deprecated Synonyms: Gymnopilus multifolius (Peck) Murrill, Flammula multifolia Peck, Flammula expansa Peck, Pleuroflammula multifolia (Peck) E. Horak

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The narrow, crowded, spotted and stained lamellae together with the yellow to tawny hues of the pileus, and the bitter taste are a good set of field characters. It is close to P. curvipes but the latter has broader more distant gills and a mild taste. We do not emphasize the lack of caulocystidia as observed so far as an important feature since in Smith 67009 with pilei up to 7 cm wide they were present as clusters of clavate thin‐walled cells. The taste of this collection was not recorded. A yellow pigment dissolves into the KOH mounting medium and in Melzer’s the presence of pale dextrinoid burr‐like to star‐like aggregations of needle‐like crystals is unique in our experience. This species is the most “Gymnopilus‐like” of the section as far as pigmentation is concerned, and is likely to be confused with that genus until the spores are examined. Flammula expansa was considered identical with this species by Kauffman but Peck described it as having white flesh and a mild taste. Pholiota tuberculosa (Fr.) Kummer is apparently very close to P. multifolia, but on the data available we do not regard them as synonyms.

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