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Oyster mushroom

Pleurotus ostreatus


Common edible mushroom occuring on wood, especially on deciduous trees. Can be cultivated and is grown commercially around the world for food.


deciduous woodland on dead trees.


Considered a medicinal mushroom as it contains statins such as lovastatin which work to reduce cholesterol.

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Meik 12 years ago

Thanks Lars!

LarsKorb 12 years ago

Fantastic spotting and shot, Meik! Fairy-tale style :)

Meik 12 years ago

Thanks Craig! I thinks so, too. Sometimes it's really hard to identify a mushroom correctly when it changes shape and color during it's development.

craigwilliams 12 years ago

This is a really nice series Meik. I think with fungal fruiting bodies more than anything else, it really helps to see the different stages of their development.

Meik 12 years ago

I added some new pictures to this spotting to illustrate how the mushroom looks, when it's several weeks old. At this stage the spores are released. I took the pictures this morning and the spores were drifting through the air like ghostly fingers.

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The MnMs 12 years ago

I love eating these..In fact I had some last night :-)

Meik 12 years ago

I haven't tried them, wanted to see how large they grow and if they change in color when they're older.

CarlosZacchi 12 years ago

Looks good! How is it taste good too?

Meik Meißner
Spotted by
Meik Meißner

Göttingen, Niedersachsen, Germany

Spotted on Oct 25, 2011
Submitted on Oct 25, 2011

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