- cap is up to 15 cm broad, golden yellow to orange-red, smooth, sticky, slimy when wet.
- older specimens are deep chestnut-red.
- underside of cap has a spongy surface of yellow pores that are arranged radially; pores bruise brown.
- flesh in cap flushes faintly lilac when cut.
- young specimens have partial veil that leaves a yellow/red ring on the stem.
- stem is solid (not hollow), yellowish above the ring and streaky reddish/brown below.
- mature specimens have a faint net pattern above the ring.
- grows in groups near larch trees.
- appears in summer and fall.
- has a mild taste and odor; peel away the slimy skin layer before cooking, since it is known to cause gastro-intestinal upset.