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American Caesar’s Mushroom Fruiting

7-19-16  American Caesar's mushroom 026At the risk of boring readers with a repeat post, I seem unable to come across an American Caesar’s Mushroom without photographing it and somehow justifying its worthiness as a Naturally Curious post, even in consecutive years (a practice I try to avoid). Simply put, the beauty of this non-flowering fungus rivals that of any flowering plant I can think of.

American Caesar’s Mushroom (Amanita jacksonii), a member of the Amanita genus found in New England, differs from most Amanita species in at least two ways. It is one of the few edible Amanitas (most species are poisonous, so consumption is discouraged unless an expert identifies the fungus). Secondly, unlike many other Amanita species, American Caesar’s Mushroom does not usually have any warts or patches on its cap.

The common name of this mushroom traces back to the fact that its close relative, Caesar’s Mushroom, Amanita caesarea, which grows in Italy, was a favorite of the emperors of the Roman Empire, the Caesars. Both of these species of Amanita are mycorrhizal, forming a symbiotic beneficial relationship with the roots of certain trees. Look for American Caesar’s Mushrooms under pine and oak. (photo: American Caesar’s Mushroom rupturing through its protective white membrane, or universal veil, as it matures, leaving a remnant white cup, or volva, at its base.)

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10 responses

  1. Dianne Rochford

    Hi Mary,

    Never too many times to enjoy American Caesar’s Mushroom.

    Thanks for sending,

    :-), Dianne >

    July 19, 2016 at 8:56 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    Gorgeous! I wonder what they taste like?

    July 19, 2016 at 9:06 am

    • I must admit, I’ve never tried one, Alice!

      July 19, 2016 at 10:39 am

  3. Marilyn

    That is astonishing! Great photo.

    July 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

  4. Laurie Spry

    Striking! No problem learning about it again…beautiful photo.

    July 19, 2016 at 10:24 am

  5. A true beauty, Mary. And so seldom do we see a mushroom “hatching”! 🙂

    July 19, 2016 at 11:55 am

  6. Trully magnificent Mary!

    July 19, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  7. Great shot, the spider adds a nice touch!

    July 22, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    • Thank you for all your generous and supportive comments!

      July 23, 2016 at 6:48 am

  8. Wow!! Beautiful photo

    October 28, 2016 at 9:17 am

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