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Pleurotus is a genus of gilled mushrooms which includes one of the most widely eaten mushrooms, P. ostreatus. Species of Pleurotus may be called oyster, abalone, or tree mushrooms, and are some of the most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world. Pleurotus fungi have been used in mycoremediation of pollutants such as petroleum and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Pleurotus means "side ear", from Greek πλευρή (pleurē), "side" + ὠτός (ōtos), genitive of οὖς (ous), "ear".

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There are some, like Pleurotus, that grow in trunks of trees, and make their way through openings in the bark.

The word pleurotus is taken from two Greek words, meaning a side and an ear.

The Elm Pleurotus, so called from growing on elm trees, is considered edible.