The response to moisture by fungi is amazing. Logs are suddenly jeweled with fruitings and the woodland grasses are pushed aside by immerging mushrooms with caps and stems firm and fresh, hydro powered. We discovered a clump of cream-white, robust fruitings of Veiled Oyster (Pleurotus dryinus) that must have developed in an overnight burst of energy. This large edible mushroom grows on deciduous trees, often on birch and aspen in our area. Caps can be 5 inches across, initially with an inrolled margin. Stems are tough and thick. There is suggestion of a ring on the upper stem. As with other Oyster mushrooms, there is a scent of anise.
Cora Mollen, author of Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods and founder of Northstate Mycological Club.
Northstate Mycological Club