- cap is conic to bell-shaped with age, up to 8cm wide, light gray or gray-brown with furrow-lines radiating to the margins.
- 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.
- partial veil leaves an inferior, fibrous ring on the white stem.
- grows in tight clusters in grass or on wood debris.
- appears in sumer and fall.
- has a mild taste with no odor; cook before eating.
- tip: collect younger specimens and/or remove blackening areas which have a more bitter taste.
- tip: cooking with water shortly after collecting helps to prevent the dish from turning into a black inky mess.
- warning: causes a toxic reaction of hot flushing and nausea if consumed with or followed by alcohol.