oyster mushrooms along pleasant creek at pony pasture
250mm across Growing on Kanuka
Corticolous on rotten Kermadec pohutukawa (Metrosideros kermadecensis) lignum
On decorticated Kermadec pohutukawa (Metrosideros kermadecensis) lignum
Fallen log over semi-dry creekbed. Margins were curled under. Younger ones were tinged medium purple but as they aged they lost the color and became tan/gold.
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.
Large Pleurotus (13.5 cm diam. x 12 cm height) with a dark brown cap, paler at edges and with a "furry centre" as it ages. Gills yellow-cream on fallen log. Stipe short and fat, about 24 mm diam. x 6 mm height. Spores about 12-14 x 4.0-4.5 u. Photographed on 12 March and again two days later on 14 March. 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.