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Pleurotus dryinus

Common Name: Veiled Oyster

Synonyms: Pleurotus corticatus

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White, yellowish with age

Comments: 

The hairy stalk and stem is the simplest method to differentiate this from common Oyster mushrooms. The stalk location can be quite variable, sometimes near central, to off-center. It can even be near lateral. The best way to be sure of your ID is to find a young specimen. This is the only member of the genus to have a veil when young, although it often can be tough to find with age.

The margin of the cap is usually inrolled. The gills are sometimes forked near the stem. The hairy cap surface of this mushroom will often wipe away with handling, leaving the yellowish context. This mushroom is edible.

Lookalikes:  

Lentinus levis (Panus strigosus) is very similar, but is often larger and lacks a partial veil. The Elm Oyster (Hypsizygus ulmarius) lacks the hairy cap and stem. 

Pictures:

Pleurotus dryinus

Pleurotus dryinus

Pleurotus dryinus

Hairy cap surface.

6/5/12 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN