- cap is up to 10cm wide, convex, smooth, bright/lemon yellow, dry.
- older specimens have a planar cap with a depressed center with small radiating furrow-lines at the cap-edges.
- flesh is white, soft, bruising grey.
- gills are yellow and directly attached to the stem.
- stem is dry, white, non-tapering, slowly bruising to grey/black.
- grows singly or as several under birch and mixed woods.
- appears in summer and fall.
- has a mild taste with no odor; cook before eating.
- an edible look-alike is [Yellow-gilled russula], which is similar in appearance but has yellow gills and a distinctive apricot-like odor.