Poplar oyster mushroom, Pleurotus calyptratus

The poplar oyster mushroom is a mushroom from the renowned Pleurotaceae family, which is hardly eaten, too rare and not very tasty.

Poplar oyster mushroom, Pleurotus calyptratus


N. scientific Pleurotus calyptratus

Synonyms Agaricus calyptratus, Tectella calyptrata, Pleurotus djamor f.calyptratus, Dendrosarcus calyptratus

Family Pleurotaces

Hat flat convex, brownish gray white, 3 9 cm

Hymenium cream blades

Spores spore blanchtre

Ring absent

Pied absent

Chair white, thick, firm

come back absent

Odour mealy

Habitat and usages

Division France, Europe

Priodet, fall

Habitatforest, on poplars

Possible confusionPleurotus dryinus, Pleurocybella prorigens


Culinary interestedible


Veiled, discreet, the poplar oyster mushroom, Pleurotus calyptratus, bears the pretty name of cape, woman veil » you Latin « calyptra “. Mushroom Basidiomycète fame family of the Pleurotaceae, it hardly consumedtoo rare and not very tasty.

Description of poplar oyster mushroom

The poplar oyster mushroom develops a sporophore, reproductive part visible, pleurotoid in shape. The hat, convex, flattens with age, its size varies from 3 to 9 cm. Grey, brown, cream, it bears vestiges of a veil giving it a mechulous appearance, with large flaps hanging down along the margin. The foot, so short that the hat seems directly attached to its support, also retains the remains of a veil for a moment. As development progresses, the protective veil surrounding the young fungus disappears. The blades under the cap are light in color, beige to cream. They go down on the small end of the existing foot, they are said to be decurrent.

The firm, white flesh has a mild flavor. Its smell is floury.

The mycelium, an invisible vegetative part, spreads in fine white filaments in the poplar wood, from which it draws the organic matter necessary for its nutrition.

Determination of Pleurotus calyptratus

The poplar oyster mushroom, with its shreds of veil hanging from its margin, could resemble the veiled oyster mushroom, Pleurotus dryinus. But the latter shows a clean foot, ring bearer, and his smell is never mealy.

The living environment

The poplar oyster mushroom appreciates deciduous undergrowth where it grows almost exclusively on poplar. Gregarious, it grows in small groups in summer and autumn. Uncommon in Franceit is found more frequently in central Europe.

Culinary interest

Edible, poplar oyster mushrooms are of no particular gastronomic interest.


Rare and not very tasty, poplar oyster mushrooms cannot be harvested.

Different species oyster

Most oyster mushrooms grow on dead or weakened wood:

  • Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster-shaped oyster mushroom, dead or living deciduous wood
  • Pleurotus cornucopiae : Cornucopia oyster mushroom, on hardwood stumps or trunks
  • Pleurotus dryinus : Oyster mushroom
  • Pleurotus citrinopileatus : Yellow oyster mushroom, on trunks, branches, dead or injured trees
  • Pleurotus salmoneostramineus : Pleurote rose, on trunks, branches, dead or injured trees
  • Pleurotus dryinus var. luteosaturatus : Yellow oak oyster mushroom, Morocco

Others on perennial plant roots

  • Pleurotus eryngii : Pleurota du Panicaut, France, on Panicauts
  • Pleurotus eryngii var. ferulae : on Umbelliferae ( Ferules )
  • Pleurotus nebrodensis : on Umbelliferae, Southern Europe
  • Pleurotus opuntia : as a parasite on opuntia, agave, yucca
Sheets of mushrooms of the same genus

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