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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map