Genera & Species

H. fuscosquamula

Hygrophoropsis (J. Schröt.) Maire

At least four species are so far known in Europe, but the genus is in desperate need of modern treatment.

Hygrophoropsis fuscosquamula P.D. Orton

Cap up to 5 cm, whitish to cream or somewhat ochraceous, with olive brown to sepia coloured small fibrillose scale. Stipe usually cylindrical or slightly thickened at the base, more or less concolorous with the cap or yellowish ochraceous. Flesh whitish, unchanging when exposed to air. Gills whitish to cream, decurrent (running down the stipe), forked. Smell not distinctive. Taste not distinctive. Spores 6–8.5 × 3.5–4.5 μm, dextrinoid.

Habitat. In wet places among Juncus, alder or willow carrs.

Distribution. Not precisely known.

Similarity. Close to the other pale coloured species of the genus, H. macrospora and H. pallida, but recognized by the fine dark coloured scales on the caps surface.

Note. The original spelling is H. fuscosquamula, but in Watling & Hills (2005) the species appears as H. fuscosquamulosa.


I am not yet having any photographs of this fungus, but there are some on the link below.

Hygrophoropsis fuscosquamula on Encyclopedia of Life

Important literature

Kibby, G. 2012. The Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca complex. – Field Mycology 13: 43–50.

Orton, P.D. 1960. New check list of British agarics and boleti: Part III. Notes on genera and species in the list. – Transactions of the British Mycological Society 43: 159–439.

Watling, R. & Hills, A.E. 2005. Boletes and their allies (revised and enlarged edition). – In: Henderson, D.M., Orton, P.D. & Watling, R. [eds]. British Fungus Flora. Agarics and boleti. Vol. 1. Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.