Observation 139033: Pleurotus (Fr.) P. Kumm.

When: 2013-07-07

Collection location: Kahite Trail, Vonore, Tennessee, USA [Click for map]

35.6695° -84.2371° 259m

Who: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)

No specimen available

On hardwood log in forest with Acer, Carya, Quercus, Liriodendron tulipifera, Cornus florida, Juglans nigra, etc.

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By: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)
2013-07-07 18:32:47 MST (-0700)

Last I heard, I think P. ostreatus and P. pulmonarius were for the most part indistinguishable (microscopically and macroscopically), but represented two biological species as they could not mate, one mostly being a “winter” oyster, the other mostly a “summer” oyster, but that their fruiting times overlapped as well.

Edit: these are also way too large for Pleurocybella, the largest one around 20cm.

My undersranding of Oyster Mushrooms…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-07-07 18:23:50 MST (-0700)

is that they represent a species complex, with P. ostreatus one of these species. In some cases, knowing the exact type of wood is helpful.

Given the occurrence on hardwood and the robust stipes, I think we may rule out Pleurocybella.

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