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Oyster Mushrooms

Pleurotus ostreatus


Agaric oyster mushrooms clustered at the base of a tree trunk. Large caps up to approx. 15 cms in diameter and white in appearance, although the central caps were more brownish-yellow, perhaps indicative of their age. Caps also translucent and when viewed from below, and the gills are white with a very faint yellowish hue. Gills run down the length of the stipe and taper in thickness to the base. This was the only mushroom cluster I found along the entire length of the track. I don't know if these specimens were bioluminescent, but they certainly stood out in the twilight.


Found growing at the base of a tree along a creek course in a local park. Bushland setting in leafy suburban Sydney. These specimens were growing amongst (mostly) native vegetation. Species of tree unk. Very moist and well-shaded area.


Another possible species ID is Omphalotus nidiformis a toxic, bioluminescent species that can be mistaken for oyster mushrooms. It also grows in Australia.

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Feb 16, 2015
Submitted on Feb 24, 2015

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