Oyster Mushroom – Pleurotus ostreatus
- Muscle shaped bracket up to 20 cm across
- The upper surface can either be creamy or grey
- They have a short lateral stem
- Underneath they have white/cream coloured gills
Where Can this be found?
- On dead or alive trees
- All broadleaved trees
- Rarely on conifers
Type of Decay
- White rot – the wood in general becomes first brittle and then soft.
Place of Decay
- Wounds on stems and branches are critical entry points for the fungal pathogen to infect a tree.
- Stem and large branches
- Brittle fracture or ductile fracture