Golden Oyster Mushroom

(Pleurotus citrinopileatus)

Conservation Status
Golden Oyster Mushroom
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

 
  NatureServe

not listed

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Golden Oyster Mushroom is an uncommon, attractive, edible mushroom. It occurs in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. In the United States it occurs from New York and New Jersey west to Minnesota and Iowa. It is uncommon in the southeast and metro regions of Minnesota, absent in the rest of the state. It is found in clusters in deciduous woodlands growing on dead stumps and logs. It gets its nutrients from decaying hardwood (saprobic), especially elm.

The cap is convex, sunken in the center, and ¾ to 29 16 (20 to 65 mm) in diameter. It is bright yellow at first, fading to white from the margins inward as it ages. It is very fragile when mature.

The stalk is white, ¾ to 2 (20 to 50 mm) long, and 1 16 to 5 16 (2 to 8 mm) thick. It is often curved when growing on the side of a log.

The gills are white, closely-spaced, and run down the stalk.

The flesh is thin, white, and edible.

 
     
 

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Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Hardwood logs

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

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Distribution
 
 

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Sources

4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
  5/26/2022      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon in Minnesota

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Division Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subdivision Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Agaricales (common gilled mushrooms and allies)  
  Suborder Pleurotineae  
  Family Pleurotaceae  
  Genus Pleurotus (Oyster Mushrooms)  
       
 

The genus Pleurotus was formerly placed in the family Tricholomataceae. Molecular phylogenetic analysis resulted in several new families, including Pleurotaceae, being separated from Tricholomataceae by 2006.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Pleurotus cornucopiae ssp. citrinopileatus

Pleurotus cornucopiae var. citrinopileatus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Golden Oyster Mushroom

Yellow Oyster Mushroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Saprobic

Obtaining its nutrients from non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.

 
 
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Liz M

 
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Craig Nelson

 
 

novice shroom hunter and found these while picking morels

 
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  These are growing on 9 different dead Elm logs lying on the ground in our woods….and those are only the logs I can see from our trails.   Golden Oyster Mushroom  
           
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Jul 13, 2020

huge score on the golden oysters.

 
  Golden Oyster Mushrooms
Planet Mojo
 
   
 
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May 23, 2018

I spotted these the other day and had no idea what they were. From my research, it looks as though they are Golden Oyster Mushrooms, but I hope someone out there can confirm that. At any rate, we will be leaving them alone so they can produce millions of spores to create some more. Maybe next year we will eat some. Come fall, we get giant puffballs that are delicious when fried in a little butter and bacon fat. I'll post on that when the time comes.

 
  Golden Oysters Pleurotus Citrinopileatus
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May 18, 2016

May 2016

 

 

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  Chuck Kremer
late May 2022

Location: Fillmore County

four dead elm trees loaded with multiple clusters. First time finding in this location

 
  Randy S.
5/24/2022

Location: Rice County, MN

Golden Oyster Mushroom  
 

Maria M
5/23/2021

Location: Morrison County

Growing on elm log

 
  Liz M
5/21/2022

Location: near Hokah MN

Golden Oyster Mushroom  
  Craig Nelson
5/20/2022

Location: east of Preston, Mn. South fork of Root River

novice shroom hunter and found these while picking morels

Golden Oyster Mushroom  
 

Friesdale Farms
5/21/2021

Location: Magnolia, WI

These are growing on 9 different dead Elm logs lying on the ground in our woods….and those are only the logs I can see from our trails.

Golden Oyster Mushroom  
 

Golden Oyster
5/12/2021

Location: Lakeville, MN

Found at the base of an elm tree. Air temp currently mid 60s. 

 
           
 
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