Growing around five feet up on the trunk of a still-leafy Liquidambar styraciflua
I do guess that these mushrooms, growing on a rotting log of European beech, Fagus sylvatica, belong to Pleurotus pulmonarius, but may not exclude other similar P. spp.
Kalopa Native Forest State Park and Forest Reserve, Native Forest Nature Trail
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.