I found some mushrooms in the forest and I'd like to know what kind it is, for being able to tell how to protect the trees from it.

Growing Info

growing location: central Europe, forest
host plant: beech tree, alive
season: late Summer (Sept. 15th 2020)

The area where the mushrooms were found is a typical beech forest with unusually low water levels, as the last few summers have been drier and warmer than usual. I presume the trees suffer more from these mushrooms because the trees are weakened due to the hot weather and little rain.
Some of the mushrooms dry out while on the host tree.

Picture Taking Conditions

The closeup pictures were taken at home. This was after transporting the mushrooms and storing them in the fridge for 2 days. They got a bit squeezed during this procedure.


host tree: host tree

host tree from below: host tree from below

multiple mushrooms, pic A: multiple mushrooms, pic A

multiple mushrooms, pic B: multiple mushrooms, pic B

bright mushroom, pic A: bright mushroom, pic A

bright mushroom, pic B: bright mushroom, pic B

bright mushroom, pic C: bright mushroom, pic C

cream colored/older mushroom, pic A: cream colored/older mushroom, pic A

cream colored/older mushroom, pic B: cream colored/older mushroom, pic B

cream colored/older mushroom, pic C: cream colored/older mushroom, pic C

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    $\begingroup$ Please don't take advise from here about whether a mushroom is safe to eat, you could be seriously injured or die if someone incorrectly identifies your mushroom. Only eat mushrooms when you are confident of their identity and safety. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Sep 17, 2020 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ To be factual, if you really have a foolish mushroom, you can perhaps actually survive if you find a liver transplant :) I'd be reading a lot if i had to ID them, especially about oyster mushroom lookalikes. $\endgroup$ Sep 17, 2020 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ @BryanKrause, thank you for the advice. Don't worry, I always make sure I know the mushroom well before I eat it. Sorry, I probably sounded like a total novice in the question, like a fool who might eat something based on a single answer by someone unknown on the internet. That's certainly not the case. I collect mushrooms since many years, and many times from the forest where I found these ones. This one is simply new to me and I wanted to try out posting here for identification. Of course I will do my own checks and identification before I eat it. $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S.
    Sep 18, 2020 at 8:18
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    $\begingroup$ Now that I think about it, yes it was not a good idea to ask "I want to know if I can safely eat this mushroom.". Any expert reading this will not answer this question here, because it's too dangerous, even with a perfect and correct answer. Thank you guys for the comments and the edits of the question. $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S.
    Sep 18, 2020 at 8:22
  • $\begingroup$ I think it might be Pleurotus dryinus. Fun fact: The German Wikipedia says Pleurotus dryinus is not an edible mushroom while the English Wikipedia says it's edible, but of little importance. $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S.
    Sep 18, 2020 at 8:44

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Could be oyster mushroom. Get some books. Look up Pleurotus ostreatus; a book I found it in is primarily for US,although mushrooms often have very wide distribution. One book I have says " The worst thing you can do is pick mushrooms ,then try to decide what they are ;if they are edible". The recommendation is to learn some local editable mushrooms and then hunt for them.


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