Fallen log over semi-dry creekbed
Two large fruiting bodies growing on oak next to hwy 20
Large Pleurotus, (12.5 cm diam.) with a light creamy tan cap with cream decurrent gills on small fallen branch. Stipe very short and off-centre but not completely lateral. Spores about 10-11.5 x 4 u. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
Gilled mushrooms soggy from snow and rain.
Group of cream-beige pleurotoid fruiting bodies with cream gills on a small fallen branch. Largest 80 mm diam. x 65 mm height. Fan shaped with edge becoming scalloped as they mature. Attached laterally to the wood. Spores about 9-9.5 x 4-4.5 u. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
Very large specimen, 270 mm diam., brown cap with creamy edges and cream, decurrent gills on fallen log. Distinct stipe almost central. Stipe short and fat, up to 40 mm in length and 20-25 mm diam. with a cream 'spongy' surface. Spores about 12-14 x 4.2-4.5 u. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
Pleurotus is a genus of gilled mushrooms which includes one of the most widely eaten mushrooms, P. ostreatus. Species of Pleurotus may be called oyster, abalone, or tree mushrooms, and are some of the most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world.Pleurotus fungi have been used in mycoremediation of pollutants such as petroleum and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.