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Saprobe on wood. Quite large mushrooms, with a central stipe and spores brown, smooth, with a germ pore. Cap usually slimy and scaly.
Ten or more species have been reported from New Zealand, only those listed below have descriptions or images available from NZFungi. Poorly understood taxonomically.

Name (click to select)Image (click to enlarge)
 Pholiota adiposa  
 Pholiota adiposa  
 Pholiota alnicola  
 Pholiota aurivella  
 Pholiota carbonaria  
 Pholiota cerea  
 Pholiota chrysmoides  
 Pholiota conissans  
 Pholiota glutinosa  
 Pholiota gummosa  
 Pholiota heteroclita
 Pholiota multicingulata  
 Pholiota multicingulata var. hanmerensis  
 Pholiota mutabilis
 Pholiota nameko  
 Pholiota pumila
 Pholiota sp. 'Hinewai (PDD80269)'  
 Pholiota squarrosa  
 Pholiota squarrosa
 Pholiota squarrosipes  
 Pholiota squarrosoides  
 Pholiota subflammans