Cap: 5-15 cm, across, hemispherical when young, later convex to plane, smooth surface, membranous, ocher to red brown velar squamules on it, covered with a thick slime layer in wet weather, viscid when dry, ocher brown to dingy brown with reddish tints, margin inrolled for a long time and joined to the stem by a whitish membranous veil.
Hymenophore: lamellae are cream colored when young, later ocher to red brown, narrow, finely adnexed, edges are white flocculose.
Spore print: brown
Spore: elliptical with warts, (7,6) 8,5-9,9(10,5) x (4,5)4,9-5,7 μm
Stem: 8-15 x 1-2 cm, fusiform and strongly rooting, tough, solid, surface above the annulus gray beige, below cream yellow and squarrose when young, later light ocher, coarsely fibrillose scaly, browning when rubbed, annulus whitish, membranous and long lasting.
Flesh: whitish, thick in the center, thin toward, odor like bitter almonds, taste bitterish.
Habitat: solitary and gregarious in hardwood forests, near stumps or trunks, under beech, hornbeam, aok, linden, birch and hazel, grows from summer to fall.