Cap: 2-6 cm; convex, becoming broadly convex, broadly bell-shaped, or nearly flat; sticky when fresh, but soon dry; scarlet to reddish orange or reddish brown; smooth; when young adorned with white partial veil remnants.
Gills: Attached to the stem, often by a notch; close; pale yellow at first, later purplish gray to purple-black; with whitish to pale yellow edges when mature.
Stem: 3-7 cm long; up to 1 cm thick; dry; with or without a ring zone; fairly smooth or finely hairy; whitish to yellowish, staining reddish orange with maturity; base often with whitish to yellowish mycelial threads.
Odor and Taste: Not distinctive.
Spore Print: Dark purple-brown to purple-gray.
Chemical Reactions: KOH on cap surface dark gray.
Microscopic Features: Spores 9-14 × 5.5-9 µ; smooth; elliptical; with a germ pore; brown in KOH. Chrysocystidia present on edges and faces of gills; scattered to abundant; to about 50 × 15 µ; clavate to mucronate; thin-walled; contents hyaline to yellow in KOH. Cheilocystidia to about 60 × 10 µ; cylindric to fusoid; sometimes capitate. Pileipellis a thin ixocutis of cylindric elements over a nearly cellular subpellis.