Caps are 5-12 cm across, with large white to greyish warts or patches, convex to flat or depressed, dark brown, fading in age, and with a striate margin. Gills are white, free and close. Stalks are up to 12 cm tall by 12 mm wide, and minutely roughened to scaly. Ring is absent. Cups are persistent, sac-like, and envelope the base. Spore prints are white and amyloid. This species fruits on the ground under conifers. Widespread and not uncommon, this distinctive Amanita was previously known as Amanita inaurata. Edible but avoid.