Common: Two-toned Scalehead, Velvet Toughshank, Sheathed Woodtuft
Latin: Kuehneromyces mutabilis
Eating notes: Thin fleshed, but with a good flavour. Discard the tough stems. Can be used to add a rusty brown colour to stews.
Preserving: Dries easily.
Cap: 3-6cm Pale ochre in the centre and Orange-brown around the edge with a distinct ragged edge between the two colours. Initially bell-shaped. Later expanding often with a wide umbo.
Gills: Pale brown to rusty brown
Stem: The large delicate ring often collapses early to leave only a residual ring. Above this the stem is smooth and pale ochre. Below the ring the stem is rough, scaly and increasingly dark towards the base.
Spores: Dark ochre brown
Flesh: Thin, pale yellowish
Habitat: In large clusters on deciduous deadwood.