Cap 1.5 to 4 cm across, conical then expanded and umbonate, dark brown when moist, especially at the centre, drying yellow brown, surface silky matt, with a pale edge. It has a characteristic earthy smell like beetroot (with a hint of rhubarb).
Habitat damp places with deciduous trees, and often with birch.
Widespread but infrequent in Britain.
Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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