- cap is up to 8 cm broad, light gray or gray-brown with furrow-lines radiating to the edges.
- 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 when old.
- partial veil leaves an inferior, fibrous ring on the white stem.
- grows in tight clusters in grass or on wood debris.
- appears in summer 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 reaction of hot flushing and nausea if consumed with or followed by alcohol. Do not consume this mushroom unless abstaining from alcohol.