- fruiting body is up to 30 cm broad, whitish to yellowish, shaped like a cauliflower head with a spongy, curly rosette exterior.
- branches arise from a hidden central stalk
- flesh is white, firm.
- 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.