- cap is conic to bell-shaped with age, up to 6cm wide, dry, with light brown with furrow-lines radiating to the margins.
- young specimens often have glistening particles on the cap.
- gills are nearly free from the stem and white/grey when young.
- the flesh and gills of older specimens liquefies into a black inky mass.
- stem is silky white, hollow, smooth with no partial veil.
- grows in tight clusters in grass or ground covering wood debris during cool, wet weather.
- appears in spring, sumer and fall.
- has a mild taste and odor; cook before eating.
- tip: younger specimens which still have white gills are preferred.
- tip: washing with water shortly after collecting and storing them wet in tupperware helps to prolong their lifespan.
- warning: may cause an adverse reaction if consumed with alcohol consisting of hot flushing, nausea, headaches, and/or vomiting.