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Old Jan 25, 2010, 2:38 pm   #1
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Elm Oysters?

Was out this weekend with the beagle searching for bunnies when I happened upon what looked like fresh oysters growing on a dead elm. They were a darker tan than the almost white color I see in guide books. Would these likely be elm oysters (Hypsizygus ulmarius)? Anyone have any experience with their edibility? I think I read somewhere that they're tough. I was surprised to see any fresh fungi this time of year, but we have had a significant January thaw here in the Lansing area.
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Old Jan 25, 2010, 11:08 pm   #2
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I have found oysters in January --- congrats
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 1:32 am   #3
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From what I understand the late oysters are darker than the spring oysters. Snap any pics? All sorts of beasties can grow at odd time - hard to say without a specimen in hand. I'd expect to see velvet foot, well, would have if I had hit the woods during our warm snap. Still may again if the weather hits about 35 again.
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 2:17 am   #4
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I saw a dead tree today covered with oysters too as Deb and I were driving into town. Had a dr appt, aand it was off the freeway, so didn't stop.

I would think they shouldn't be buggy this time of year anyway. LOL

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Old Jan 27, 2010, 2:06 pm   #5
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The color of oysters are oftentimes darker due to the sun exposure they get due to trees barren of leaves. The more sun the darker the shroom. Also, it's been my experience the host tree makes a difference as to the color of the oyster. In my opinion, it's most likely not the elm oyster. As always, take a spore print.

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Old Jan 27, 2010, 2:56 pm   #6
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Thanks to all! I'll wander back when I get the chance to harvest a few for a spore print. I'll take a couple of pictures while I'm at it. You're right, Frank. I think I can figure on them being bug-free!
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Old Jan 28, 2010, 9:38 am   #7
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Lyle,

If the mushrooms you found had a stem (stipe) then they were perhaps the elm oyster. However, if they didn't have a stem they were most likely Pleurotus ostreatus.

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Old Jan 28, 2010, 7:26 pm   #8
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No stems. And it's too cold for this whimpy old man to hike back there for a picture right now!
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