12 August 2008 Essex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Tongue or bracket shaped, smooth, margin inrolled, cream, pale brown or dark grey, to about 20 cm across
Decurrent, broad, white to cream
Lateral, +/- woolly at the base, whitish
In clusters on living and dead wood, usually from deciduous trees, favouring beech
Spores elongated ellipsoidal to cylindrical, smooth (7.5-11) x (3-4) µm2
Edible and good
Take care not to confuse with Pleurotus cornucopiae. This species is widely cultivated in the UK and elsewhere