Similar in size, appearance, and location to P. squarrosa but slimy to the touch
Caps are 2-10 cm across, slimy when wet, densely scaly, convex to flat, with a low knob, and with tan scales on a white to buff ground. Gills are attached, close, and whitish becoming brown. Stalks are up to 10 cm tall by 1 cm broad, and scaly. Ring is whitish, disappearing. Spore prints sre brown. Widespread and not uncommon, it is recognized by the slimy/scaly caps and fruiting in clusters on or near hardwood stumps. Edible but not recommended.