Lemon oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) photo and description

Lemon oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Pleurotaceae (Oyster mushrooms)
  • Genus: Pleurotus (Oyster mushroom)
  • Species: Pleurotus citrinopileatus (Oyster mushroom)


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Lemon oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)

Lemon oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) is a cap mushroom from the Ryadovkov family, belongs to the Pleurotus genus (Pleurotus, Oyster mushroom).

External description

Lemon oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) is a variety of decorative and edible mushrooms, the fruiting body of which consists of a stem and a cap. It grows in groups, and individual specimens grow together to form a beautiful lemon-colored mushroom cluster.

The mushroom pulp is white and has a flour smell. In young specimens, it is soft and tender, and in ripe mushrooms it becomes rough.

The stem of the mushroom is white (yellow in some specimens), comes from the central part of the cap. In mature mushrooms, it becomes lateral.

The diameter of the cap is 3-6 cm, but in some specimens it can reach 10 cm. In young mushrooms, the cap is thyroid, in mature fruit bodies a large depression appears on it, and a little later the cap becomes funnel-shaped, and its edges are lobed. The bright lemon color of the cap of overripe, old mushrooms fades and becomes whitish.

The lamellar hymenophore consists of frequent and narrow plates, the width of which is 3-4 cm. They are slightly pinkish in color, descending to the pedicle in the form of lines. Spore powder is white in color, but in many specimens it has a pink-purple tint.

Season and habitat of the fungus

Lemon oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) grows in the southern part of Primorsky Krai, in mixed (with coniferous and broad-leaved trees) forests, on living or dead elms. This mushroom also develops well on elm deadwood, and in the northern regions and the middle vegetation zone it is also found on the trunks of birches. Lemon oyster mushrooms are widespread in the southern parts of the Far East; they are well known to the local population there and are used by them as edible mushrooms. Begins to bear fruit in May and ends in October.


Lemon oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) is an edible mushroom. It has good taste and is used salted, boiled, fried and pickled. Lemon oyster can be dried. However, in ripe fruit bodies, only the cap is suitable for eating, since the stem of the fruit body becomes fibrous and rough. In some specimens, the part of the cap above the leg is also endowed with such qualities, so it also has to be cut out before cooking the mushrooms for food. Grown in artificial conditions for the purpose of implementation.

Similar types and differences from them


Other information about the mushroom

This oyster mushroom was named lemon yellow for its characteristic cap color, similar to the color of a ripe lemon. The mushroom retains its bright yellow color throughout its growth. Lemon oyster mushroom substrate mycelium is resistant to cold and frost. The mushroom itself is thermophilic, has a moderate taste properties, becomes a real decoration for the garden.