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Caesar's mushroom (Amanita caesarea). Caesar's mushroom prefers the airy parts of dry oak wood or the slightly acid ground under pines. "Caesarea" refers to "of Caesar" because this was a favorite food of the early Roman Caesars. The North American form may be a distinct species from the European form. There are a number of look-alikes of which the edibility is unknown.

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