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Oyster mushroom

Pleurotus ostreatus

Description:

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

Habitat:

deciduous woodland on dead trees.

Notes:

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

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8 Comments

Meik
Meik 8 years ago

Thanks Lars!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 8 years ago

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

Meik
Meik 8 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
craigwilliams 8 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
Meik 8 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.

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

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

Meik
Meik 8 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
CarlosZacchi 8 years ago

Looks good! How is it taste good too?

Meik Meißner
Spotted by
Meik Meißner

Göttingen, Niedersachsen (Landmasse), Germany

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

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