Oyster Mushroom - Pleurotus ostreatus

Description

The common name "Oyster Mushroom" comes from the white shell-like appearance of the fruiting body which is rather funnel shaped by maturity. It has decurrent gills and an off centre stalk (stipe). A good edible species.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

They grow on dead wood - usually on dead standing trees or on fallen logs.

When to see it

It can be seen for most of the year especially late spring to autumn.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map