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Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostretus)


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This edible species is widespread and fruits mainly late autumn to early winter. It has rounded oyster shaped caps (often overlapping) and grows in dense clumps on dead or dying hardwood trees. The caps can vary from pale brown to deep blue/grey. It may have a whitish woolly coating in the centre in wet or cold weather (as pictured). It has crowded narrow gills. Pictured at Old Warden, Bedfordshire - early January 2006.

1st Jan 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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