- cap is up to 10cm wide, broadly convex shaped, smooth and sticky/slimy, cinnamon brown, possibly tinted purple/grey.
- older specimens have a planar cap with upturned margins.
- flesh is white and soft.
- gills are white, graying in age, and descend onto the stem.
- stem is white above and below the ring, with a distinct bright yellow area towards the tapering base.
- partial veil is thin, leaving a superior ring on the stem that soon turns black.
- grows abundantly in areas with conifers.
- appears in the summer and fall.
- has a pleasant taste with a mild odor; remove the cap's skin and cook before eating.
- an edible lookalike is [Gomphidious subroseus], which is smaller and has pinkish/red cap.