American Caesar’s Mushroom

American Caesar’s Mushroom

Sometimes I find a beautiful specimen in nature that I simply just can’t identify. Tonight I finally identified a beautiful red mushroom I photographed five years ago in Fakahatchee Strand of Southwest Florida’s Western Everglades. I knew immediately it was an Amanita, but which one? I had no idea. I have a bookshelf of field guides to just about every living species on the continent, and this was just one of the many hundreds of images I have in holding because I can’t find a name for it. I finally found it about 20 minutes ago, and here it is! An emerging American Caesar’s mushroom. What a beauty!

An emerging American Caesar's mushroom. What a beauty!The American Caesar’s mushroom is a rare exception to a family of lethally poisonous mushrooms that are responsible for 90% of mushroom-related deaths around the world. This one is known to be be both edible and tasty. Unless you vehemently refuse to eat or taste any mushroom – like me!


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Rich Leighton
November 12, 2011
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Pro photographer, writer, master naturalist, Florida native in the PNW, lucky husband, father of two boys, big hockey and soccer fan, and native orchid hunter.

Comments (3)

  • Cindy

    The hunt for the name..often a challenge..working on some wildflowers right now, made more difficult as they are faded fall blooms. Five years! I will persist! Beautiful mushroom.

  • Laura Harrison

    I saw one of these in Tennessee today. I found your image. Thanks for the name. I should have took a pic. I noticed the stem and underneath was a really vibrant neon. Like neon yellow!

  • Rich Leighton

    Very cool! It took me forever to correctly identify it.

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