- cap is up to 15 cm broad, narrow, cylindrical, white, and covered in thin, shaggy red/brown scales.
- older specimens have a cap that is bell-shaped.
- flesh is white.
- gills are narrowly attached to the stem and white/grey when young.
- the flesh and gills of older specimens liquefies into a black inky mass.
- partial veil leaves a ring on the white stem.
- grows scattered or grouped together in grassy areas covering decomposing wood.
- appears in early spring and late fall.
- has a pleasant taste with no odor; cook before eating.
- warning: only eat specimens that have elongated, cylindrical caps or have blackening gills in order to avoid confusion with other shaggy/scaly white mushrooms that may not be edible.