- fruiting body is up to 30cm wide, white or yellow/brown tinted, shaped like a cauliflower head with a spongy, curly rosette exterior.
- has no visible stem, gills, tubes, pores or spines.
- flesh is white, firm, with many branches arising from a hidden central stalk.
- appears in the late summer and fall.
- grows singly or in small groups on the ground at or near the base of conifers.
- has a mild, pleasant taste and indistinct odor; cook thoroughly before eating, younger specimens are preferred.
- an edible look-alike is Sparassis spathulata, which is similar in appearance but has multiple anchor points to the ground.