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Basidium basidium at aol.com
Tue Dec 19 16:54:42 EST 2000

>I purchased some mushrooms from a local supermarket (Washington, DC
>area) last week, not to eat but to photograph. The salesperson
>identified the mushrooms  as "shiitake", but in browsing the web
>resources on mushrooms I am having a problem confirming that this was
>in fact the correct identification.
>The photos I made can be found at
>  http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=78021
> I would appreciate it if someone could either confirm this
>identification, or else supply a more accurate identification of this

The mushrooms illustrated are one variety or another of one species or another
of the Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostratus) species complex.
David W. Fischer
Coauthor, "Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America" and
   "Mushrooms of Northeastern North America"
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