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Cap 3 - 15 cm wide is fairly smooth. Stem 5 - 20 cm long with ring (a remnant of the partial veil). Stems .5 - 3.5 cm wide become narrower toward base. Stems smooth at top and darker and hairy toward base.
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Gills covered by partial veil in early stage. Gills attached to stem. Grows in clusters at the base of coniferous and hardwood trees. Look for thick black strands of mycelium (rhizomorphs) running through the wood.

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