|Latin Name||Pleurotus ostreatus|
|Season Start||All year|
|Season End||All year|
|Maximum height (CM)||0|
|Maximum width (CM)||15|
|Smell||Mushroomy with sweet milky overtones.|
|Gills||White but turning slightly yellow and running most of the way down the stem. Crowded.|
|Spore Print||Lilac. Cylindrical.|
|Stem||White and opening out to the cap when present as sometimes the cap appears to comes straight from the tree.|
|Cap||Convex and shell-shaped when young opening out flatter with wavy, sometimes split edges. Smoky grey/silver/brown.|
|Flesh||White. Tough in the stem.|
|Habitat||Deciduous trees, particularly beech. Grows in large shelf-like clusters on stumps and fallen wood.|
|Possible Confusion||Other oyster mushrooms which can be pink, white or yellow. These are all edible as long as there are some caps that are palm (as in hand) sized as there is a poisonous lookalike but the cap never grows more than the size of a two pence piece .|
|Description||Fairly common but localised. Can be found in large numbers when lucky.
The Oyster mushroom has some amazing properties one of which is that it is a carnivorous mushroom which traps and ingests nematode worms to provide it with nitrogen and other useful chemicals.
The Pleurotus family contain statins which are thought to help reduce cholesterol.
Another is the fact that they have the ability to clean up pollution by hydrocarbons like petrol and oil which is quite incredible and evidence of this can be found at.