The whole fungus was ca. 40 cm in diameter. New Brunswick, NJ, USA. The maple tree it grew on is now dead and gone (2015).
Decurrent gills, Semi-circular mushrooms
Safe from the skillet in Big Basin State Park, The Oyster Mushroom is one of the tastiest of central California's native mushrooms.
This was found on an excellent mushroom tour led by Christian Schwarz of Redwood Coast Tours.
Pleurotus ostreatus, Oyster mushrooms
Found at Chautauqua NWR
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.