Very tall; cap buff to brown, broad, scaly, with a knob in center; moveable ring on stalk. Grows scattered on ground, along trails, in open woods, and in old pastures. June–October. Cap egg-shaped, becoming flat with a definite knob in the center; pale buff to grayish brown, covered with darker brown, shaggy scales; texture scaly. Gills broad; spacing close; white, darkening with age; attachment free. Stalk tall and slender, with a bulbous base; whitish, with small brownish scales; texture scaly; has a ring on the upper part. Partial veil leaving a white, loose, skirtlike ring on the upper stalk. Spore print white. Spores magnified are very large, broadly elliptical, colorless, with a pore at the tip. Look for the moveable fringed ring on the parasol's long stalk.
Lookalikes: Green-spored lepiota (Chlorophyllum molybdites) has white gills that turn grayish or greenish with age, and a greenish spore print. Reddening lepiota (Leucoagaricus americanus) bruises and ages red.