Mushrooms on TV

John Gosink gosink at
Tue Apr 25 16:43:03 EST 1995

In article <3njik1$rvn at>, watson at
(John S. Watson - FSC) wrote:

> Did anyone else notice the scene in the last episode
> of StarTrek:Voyager?  The "Doctor" is in the holodeck
> inside a program emulating a forest.  They come across 
> a batch of mushrooms, which the doctor confidently says 
> are "Amanita muscaria".  
> However, to me, they looked a lot more like oyster mushrooms
> (Pleurotus ostreatus) they probably picked up at the local super
> market.
> John S. Watson                  
> NASA Ames Research Center MS/257-7, Moffett Field, CA 94035
> <a href="">John S. Watson</a>
> "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got 'til
it's gone ..."

Yes!  I saw that!  They were CERTAINLY not Amanita muscaria, but they
didn't look to be oyster mushrooms either.  They had a central stem, as
opposed to a lateral stem, white gills, no annulus or volva, and a
beige-white cap.  I suppose they could be oysters with a central stem. 
They looked to me like shiitakes, only with a light cap instead of a brown
one.  Does such a variety exist?  

Matthew Stoecker

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