Decorated Pholiota

(Leucopholiota decorosa)

Conservation Status
Decorated Pholiota
Photo by Honey Fae (Farah)
  IUCN Red List

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Decorated Pholiota is a medium-sized gilled mushroom. It occurs in North America, Japan, France, and Pakistan. In the United States it occurs from Maine to South Carolina, west to Minnesota and Missouri. In Canada it occurs from Nova Scotia west to southern Ontario. It is uncommon in Minnesota, where it reaches the western extent of its range. It is found in late summer and fall, often in forests, alone, in small groups, or in clusters, on stumps and logs. It grows on decaying wood of hardwood trees. It obtains its nutrients from dead wood (saprobic).

When it first appears, the cap is hemispherical and cinnamon brown to rusty brown. The upper surface is dry and is densely covered with small, curved, brown scales that have an erect point. Mature caps are 1 to 2¾ (2.5 to 7.0 cm) in diameter and convex, broadly convex, or almost flat. The margins are rolled inward and have brown, hair-like fibers, remnants of the partial veil, attached.

The gills are white, closely spaced, and narrowly attached to the stalk. The edges are finely scalloped. Between the main gills there are one to three series of short gills that do not reach the stalk.

The stalk is 1 to 3 (2.5 to 8.0 cm) long and ¼ to (6 to 15 mm) thick. Near the top there is a folded over ring of tissue, remnant of the partial veil. Above the ring the stalk is white and bald. Below the ring it is densely covered with brown scales and hairs, similar to the cap.

The flesh is thick, firm, and white. It does not change color when sliced. The edibility is unknown.

The spore print is white.


Similar Species

Habitat and Hosts





Late summer and fall


Distribution Map



4, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.




Uncommon in Minnesota

  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Division Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subdivision Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushrooms, bracket fungi, puffballs, and allies)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Agaricales (common gilled mushrooms and allies)  
  Suborder Agaricineae  







Agaricus decorosus

Armillaria decorosa

Cortinellus decorosus

Floccularia decorosa

Tricholoma decorosum

Tricholomopsis decorosa


Common Names


Decorated Pholiota











Partial veil

A protective covering over the gills or pores of a developing mushroom. At maturity it disappears, collapses into a ring around the stem, or wears away into a cobwebby covering and ring zone.







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Decorated Pholiota







Created: 1/10/2023

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