Plants and fungi

Amanita caesarea

Amanita caesarea, commonly known as Caesar’s mushroom, is a highly regarded edible mushroom in the genus Amanita, native to southern Europe and North Africa. While it was first described by Giovanni Antonio Scopoli in 1772, this mushroom was a known favorite of early rulers of the Roman Empire.

It has a distinctive orange cap, yellow gills and stipe. Organic acids have been isolated from this species. Similar orange-capped species occur in North America and India. It was known to and valued by the Ancient Romans, who called it Boletus, a name now applied to a very different type of fungus.

Although it is edible, the Caesar’s mushroom is closely related to the psychoactive fly agaric, and to the deadly poisonous death cap and destroying angels.

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Amanita caesarea was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Jovan Stosic