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Pleurotaceae: The Tree Mushroom Family
The tree mushrooms are decay fungi. They recycle dead wood, consuming it for nutrients. Of this family I am only familiar with the "tree mushroom" or "oyster mushroom" (Pleurotus ostreatus). Here in Montana the fungus is found growing on cottonwoods and willows, but in other parts of the country they also grow on elms, alders, sycamores, and in California they grow on oaks and tanbark oaks. There are several different forms of this mushroom across North America, with varying colors, but all have been lumped together as one species due to hybridization between them.
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