Cap: 1.5-4 cm; convex to conical, becoming broadly convex or broadly bell-shaped; dry; densely hairy or scaly, becoming cracked and lacerated; brown; sometimes with pale remnants of the cortina along the margin.
Gills: Attached to the stem; close or crowded; pale at first, becoming brownish with maturity (and then usually with whitish edges); at first sparsely covered by an ephemeral cortina.
Stem: 1-4 cm long; up to .5 or nearly 1 cm thick; more or less equal; dry; finely hairy or nearly smooth; pale brownish; rarely with a thin ring zone resulting from the cortina.
Flesh: Whitish or tan.
Chemical Reactions: KOH on cap gray.
Spore Print: Brown.
Microscopic Features: Spores 12-17 × 4.5-6 µ; long-elliptical or cylindrical; smooth. Pleurocystidia 50-70 × 10-20 µ; fusiform or fusoid-ventricose; walls 1-3 µ thick; often apically encrusted. Cheilocystidia similar to pleurocystidia.