Pleurotus australis – Brown Oyster

On dead, dying and living wood. This fleshy, shell-shaped species has a brown cap with an inrolled margin. Cream to brown gills run down the stem, where they often form a network of ridges. The stem can be lateral or off-centre, white or brown but always short and stubby.

Cap: 200mm dia., dry, smooth or minutely scaly, margin strongly inrolled when young. Gills: deeply decurrent. Stem: dry, smooth except for network of ridged gill remains. Spores: white, drying out to pale tan.

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