One of two similar-looking species, the other is being A. nothofagi, this is recognised by a cap that has a background colour that is greyish fawn with dark greyish sepia squarish warts at the cap margin, arranged concentrically.
Cap: 40-60 mm, convex to plano-convex, then plano-depressed, margin entire or occasionally splitting, greyish to fawn, volva remnants flat, squarish warts at pileus margin, dark greyish sepia, arranged concentrically.
Gills: crowded, free, white.
Stipe: 40-70 mm high 5-8 mm diameter, solid, from marginate bulbous base, 7-21 mm diameter, surface above annulus, white, sparsely floccose, below annulus white to smoke-grey, smooth to finely scaled, base with band or rim of pulverulent, dark greyish sepia to fuscous volva remnants. Annulus membranous, finely striate, white to sordid white at margin,with fuscous margin.