Smooth white to light grayish cap, pinkish brown gills, found in lawns and meadows. July–September. Cap curved to nearly flat; white to grayish to gray-brown; texture dry, smooth or fibrous. Gills broad; spacing crowded; light pink, becoming chocolate to blackish brown; attachment free. Stalk sometimes tapering downward; white, darkening with age; smooth to fibrous; with a delicate ring that often disappears. Partial veil white, membranous, leaving a delicate ring on the stalk. Spore print blackish brown. Spores magnified are elliptical, smooth, purple-brown.
Lookalikes: The destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera) has white gills, a white spore print, and a saclike cup around the base of the stalk. The meadow mushroom has light pink to blackish brown gills, and a blackish brown spore print. Be absolutely certain of the identification of each and every meadow mushroom before eating: Make spore prints or show your specimens to an expert.