North America, Europe
cap 2-3 cm dia; stem 2.5-12.5 cm tall * 0.3-0.7 cm dia.
This is a small to medium-sized, funnel-shaped agaric with grey cap and forked gills.
Cap convex at first, becoming flat to sunken; most specimens with a small, pointed umbo; margin incurved at first, becoming upturned and wavy in age; surface gray to grayish brown overall, often appearing to have whitish blotches; dry to moist; smooth to minutely hairy; flesh white; odor and taste not distinctive. Gills close to crowded, decurrent, repeatedly and regularly forked; whitish, developing spot-like reddish or sometimes yellow stains in age. Stem often with swollen portions; some-what flexible, often bent, curved, and/or twisted; white to gray; silky above, stuffed, usually with whitish mycelium binding the lower stalk to mass; often water-saturated near the base. Spore print white.
Similar species Cantharellus tubaeformis dingy-brown cap bearing forked veins instead of gills.