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Old Jan 9, 2008, 12:38 am   #1
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are these oysters?

I saw some clusters growing on a tree while driving around town today. They look kind of like oysters from their shape, but I have only found white ones in the past and I can't say I have found any other mushrooms in January around Mid-MO before. They were really waterlogged from a night of thunderstorms. Here are a few pics:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2018/...9aab0288_b.jpg

a closer view
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2052/...63992d8c_b.jpg

underneath
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2181/...17df30b3_b.jpg
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Old Jan 9, 2008, 3:22 am   #2
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At a glance I thought so, but not so sure now. What kind of tree is that?

Ive always seen oysters higher up on a tree.

i supposed you couldn't get a print all waterlogged like that eh?
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Old Jan 9, 2008, 1:53 pm   #3
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Thanks guys, I figured they might be. I didn't pick any of those because they were so waterlogged and a little past their prime.

The tree was some type of maple I think. I agree with the odd bottom growth. The way they were growing, at first I thought they might be honeys. They looked like nice honey clusters from a distance.

No freezes expected this week so I'll keep my eye out for some more and try and get a spore print just to be sure.

And thanks for the hello there Frank. It has been a while since I last posted though I have been dropping by to read posts every now and then. Busy working on my masters thesis so I don't have too much time for enjoyment these days. Let me know if you will be in my area again. Sure would like a second chance to meet the man himself.
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Old Jan 10, 2008, 7:16 pm   #4
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Stan, those be oysters, and you are right way past their prime, not worth the bother,but keep the tree in mind, and go back on the next warm snap your way,good hearing from ya again,mike
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Stan, found the same identical growth today, on a box elder in my yard, but mine were frozen rock solid,mike
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