Observation 194566: Pleurotus ostreatus (Jacq.) P. Kumm.
When: 2014-12-23
Collection location: Lima, Ohio, USA [Click for map]
No herbarium specimen

Notes: I found this mushroom growing in the yard where a dead ash tree stump was buried. Found today December 23 in Allen county Ohio. The temperature was 50 degrees this morning with rain all night. It is 16 inches across. Each ear is from 4 to 6 inches. It weighs 6 pounds. As you can see by the candy bar in the picture, it is the color of a chocolate candy bar. It has white gills that are attached. I just found it and have no spore print yet. I hunt mushrooms year around but this is the first one of these i have found. What is it and is it edible?

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-30% (2)
Eye3
Recognized by sight
46% (2)
Eyes3
Recognized by sight: Old and water soaked, probably previously frozen. Not edible in this condition.
43% (3)
Recognized by sight

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I agree
By: sfranka51@aol.com
2014-12-24 14:30:03 CST (-0600)

Walt > I agree that this is probably Pleurotus ostreatus. Usually in my area they are white or honey colored. It is normally cold here at this time of year but has been in the mid 50’s with a slow warm rain. I cooked a piece of it and it tasted fine. i will try more tomorrow.

Maybe not real old
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2014-12-24 12:34:32 CST (-0600)

But it did not produce this much mass overnight.

Not old
By: sfranka51@aol.com
2014-12-23 23:25:26 CST (-0600)

Thank you. I know it was never frozen and I know it grew last night or this morning as i walk by where it grew every morning.

Has gills…
By: Randy Longnecker (Randy L.)
2014-12-23 22:55:46 CST (-0600)

Not a polypore due to the presence of gills. Maybe a Hohenbuehelia species, not sure though.

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