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Pleurotus ostreatus

Oyster Mushroom

Family Tricholomataceae


Potentially Edible
Broad, white, gray or brown cap with broad, whitish or yellow-tinged gills arising from wood or small stublike hairy stalk. Found on wood.

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Description

Cap: 5-20cm (2-8") wide, semicircular to elongated; margin lobed to wavy; moist, smooth; white to ash, can be brown.

Flesh: Thick and white.

 

 

Cap (Limor Weizmann Peru, MA and Waltham, MA)
Cap

Gills and Layers(Limor Weizmann Peru, MA and Waltham, MA)
Gills and Layers



Gills: Descending stalk, close to nearly distant, narrow to broad, thick; white to yellowish.

Stalk: Very short if present; off center, dry, white and hairy.

Spore print: White.

 

Habitat and Range

On wood. Common on deciduous trees; sometimes on stumps. Throughout North America.  

Season

Year round.

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Mushtoom  (Jennifer Shud-Brondstatter Peru, MA and Waltham, MA)
Mushroom

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