Branching Oyster Pleurotus cornucopiae


Branching Oyster Pleurotus cornucopiae
Discovered in local wood. 8th October 2011. © Peter Hillman
Branching Oyster Pleurotus cornucopiae
Discovered in local wood. 8th October 2011. © Peter Hillman

A funnel-shaped, creamish to ochraceous mushroom which often becomes wavy or cracked at the margin. It has deeply decurrent pale gills running down the stem.

It was very common following the spread of Dutch elm disease, but declining and now widespread but occasional. Native.


Size
Cap 5-12 cm in diameter
Stem 2-5 cm tall, 1-2.5 cm in diameter

When to see it
Summer and autumn.

Where to see it
Found in clumps on the dead wood of deciduous trees.

Other names
Branched Oyster Mushroom

Class
Agaricomycetes

Order
Agaricales (Gilled mushrooms)

Family
Pleurotaceae


More photos

Branching Oyster (Pleurotus cornucopiae)
Discovered in local wood.
8th October 2011. © Peter Hillman
Branching Oyster (Pleurotus cornucopiae)
Discovered in local wood.
8th October 2011. © Peter Hillman