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Pleurocybella porrigens

Distribution: Found on conifer (especially hemlock) logs and stumps throughout the PNW, often occurring in large, exquisite, imbricate masses

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: Caution



Identification Notes:

It has spoon- to conch-shaped caps that are translucent-striate when fresh and develop a wavy margin when expanded. It is white to ivory, has no stipe, thin, rather tough, elastic flesh, and crowded narrow gills. In comparison, oyster mushrooms are fleshier and darker colored and the thin flesh makes P. porrigens less desirable than oysters as an edible. In addition, it recently was responsible for the deaths of several elderly Japanese, so caution is in order.

Accepted Name:
Pleurocybella porrigens (Pers.) Singer

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Pleurocybella porrigens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Pleurocybella porrigens photos.

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