ar8922's picture

Oyster Mushroom?

Observed: 8th January 2013 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
ar8922’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensar8922’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensar8922’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
IMG_3304
IMG_3302
IMG_3301
IMG_3303
IMG_3305
Description:

I'm pretty confident these are a type of Oyster fungi, growing on what I think is an Alder Buckthorn but I'm not entirely sure it's Pleurotus ostreatus. I initially thought it was Branching Oyster (Pleurotus cornucopiae) but according to Roger Phillips, it's the wrong time of year for that (not necessarily relevant in Devon!). Based on the size of the caps it might also be Pale Oyster (Pleurotus pulmonarius).
Expert opinion welcome.

Identifications

Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

D.M.H.'s picture

Just a word of caution if

Just a word of caution if collecting for the pot. Alder berries are toxic and the sap is an irritant so I would be cautious as with collecting any fungi from toxic plants/trees.

Www.facebook.com/Dorset.Mushroom.Hunters.

All given ID's are subject to error/ommissions. Please seek independent verification before acting on ANY advice given. BE SAFE =)

ar8922's picture

Worth knowing

Thanks Mark, personally I wasn't collecting and tend not to, being a novice at identifying fungi but that's a useful tip.