Cap: 3-13 cm; convex, becoming broadly convex, broadly bell-shaped, or nearly flat; sticky or slimy; orange-yellow to yellow; covered with brownish to reddish brown scales that are soon scattered and often gelatinize, disappearing or becoming indistinct by maturity.
Gills: Attached to the stem; close; whitish to yellowish when young, becoming rusty brown; at first covered by a whitish to yellowish, cobwebby partial veil.
Stem: 4-15 cm long; up to 2 cm thick; dry, or sticky near the base; silky near the apex; with a flimsy ring or ring zone (often indistinct); whitish to yellowish under reddish brown to brownish or yellowish brown scales that may be scattered or densely packed; base sometimes covered with whitish mycelium.
Flesh: Yellow or whitish.
Odor and Taste: Not distinctive.
Chemical Reactions: KOH red to orangish on cap surface.
Spore Print: Rusty brown to brown.
Microscopic Features: Spores 6-9 × 4-5.5 µ; smooth; more or less elliptical; with an apical pore; brownish in KOH. Pleurocystidia clavate to clavate-mucronate; up to 65 × 13 µ; often with greenish yellow contents (chrysocystidia). Cheilocystidia variously shaped; up to 45 × 16 µ. Pileipellis a gelatinized layer of hyphae 2.5-7.5 µ wide. Clamp connections present.