Pholiota populnea (formerly Pholiota destruens)

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Pholiota populnea (Pers.) Kuyper & Tjall.-Beuk 1986 (Pholiota destruens) 

This Pholiota is another saprotrophic wood-rotter. It can be found growing in clusters on dead cottonwood trees, which tend to favor river environments. The scales on the pale yellow to yellow-brown cap and the veil are cottony and whitish. The flesh is whitish. It has closely-spaced white gills, many of them short, that turn brownish with age. Another name for this fungus is Hemipholiota populnea.