Oyster Mushroom

By William T. Hathaway
Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

Here among a spreading colony of leafy Ground Ivy or “Gill-over-the-ground” was a stately little mushroom. It was growing from some buried wood beneath the ground surface.

This species is complex and has many forms (see another article with photographs), and in the fall season the usual whitish color is more brownish. Although Oyster Mushrooms are more commonly seen in clustered, overlapping ranks, clumps are often found growing on logs, stumps, and moist rotten wood.

This photo was taken in early October along Whittle Street within Chatham, Virginia's town limits.

(Also see this photograph in larger format, and an index to other mushrooms.)