- cap up to 20cm wide, convex, smooth, dry, white to creamy, with NO hint of orange.
- older specimens have a planar cap with light brown scales in center.
- flesh is white or cream, firm.
- gills are crowded, free from the stem, progressing from pink-tinged white to dark brown/black with age.
- stem is smooth, dry, equal or thickening towards the base, unchanged when bruised. No yellow staining at the base of the stem when cut ot bruised.
- in young specimens, the underside of the partial veil bears a characteristic cogwheel-like pattern.
- in older specimens, the double veil progresses to a skirt-like tissue/ring around the stem.
- grows in grassy areas, meadows and fields.
- appears in late sumer or fall.
- taste is mild, with a light licorice/anise odor; cook before eating.
- an edible look-alike is Agaricus silvicoa, which is practically indistinguishable in the field.
- warning: do not confuse with the poisonous Agaricus xanthodermis, which is similar in appearance but has a stem that buises yellow at the base when cut or bruised.
- warning: only collect younger specimens that still have the characteristic cogwheel pattern on the unbroken veil; older specimens could be confused with poisonous look-alikes.