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Hohenbuehelia petaloides

Hohenbuehelia petaloides

Common Name: Leaflike Oyster

Synonyms: Pleurotus petaloides

Substrate: Downed Logs or on Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White to Gray


A small shelf mushroom that is commonly found growing on decaying logs.  It is very similar to a small Oyster mushroom, thus the common name. The first thing to look at is the light colored gills, which often means a light spore print. Next are the closely spaced gills that run down the stem. The flesh on these mushrooms is much thinner than that of Oyster mushrooms, and it can bend and flex easily. Said to be edible, but very small and inconsequential. 

This mushroom also has unique microscopic characters that make it interesting under the scope. 


Oyster mushrooms are larger and have a thicker flesh. Hohenbuehelia angustatus has pale pink tones and smaller spores. Crepidotus species can look similar, although they have brown spore prints. Lentinellus cochleatus may also be similar, but has more of a stem and serrated gills.


Hohenbuehelia petaloides

Hohenbuehelia petaloides

9/10/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Hohenbuehelia petaloides

Hohenbuehelia petaloides

5/29/12 - Winslow Woods - Bloomington, IN

Hohenbuehelia petaloides

9/15/12 - McCormicks Creek SP - Spencer, IN