Oyster mushrooms growing up the side of a tree. These are most likely Pleurotus levis - sometimes called giant panus - but could possibly instead be the very similar Pleurotus dryinus (veiled oyster mushroom).
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Pleurotus levis can be found on dead wood and also on live hardwoods from the central peninsula northward into north Florida and the panhandle. The range includes the entire eastern United States. The cap is white to cream colored and velvety, yellowing with age. The white gills, which also yellow with age are decurrent down the stipe (stem, stalk). P. levis has a partial veil with remnants being less persistent than on P. dryinus. The former also appears to tolerate warmer climates than the latter. (Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
January 6th, 2023
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