- cap is up to 10 cm broad, smooth, sometimes wavy at the edges, light brown with an orange tint.
- underside has distinctive spines that are cream-colored.
- flesh is white, slowly and unevenly discoloring to yellow-brown when cut.
- stem is solid, white, sometimes broadening towards the base.
- occurs alone or in numbers, growing in association with conifers and hardwoods.
- appears in the summer and fall.
- has a pleasant taste with no odor; cook before eating.