Oyster Mushroom

Pleurotus ostreatus

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  2. Fungi
  3. Oyster Mushroom

About

Oyster Mushrooms grow on tree, particularly Beech, all year round, but are most common in autumn. They can be found in tiers on living, fallen or dead wood. They are edible.

How to identify

The Oyster Mushroom is a bluish-grey mushroom, becoming paler fawn as it gets older. Its gills run down on to the stem and it has a pleasant smell.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Oyster Mushroom
Latin name
Pleurotus ostreatus
Category
Fungi
Statistics
Cap diameter: 6-14cm Stem height: 2-3cm
Conservation status
Common.