In regenerating tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides) / kauri (Agathis australis) forest - within senescent rawirinui (Kunzea robusta). Locally common. growing in clusters of 3 or more. Emerging from Dicranoloma / Hypnum mosses on side of track within clay soil (former gumland scrub). Fruiting bodies up to 700 mm tall; stalk robust, smooth, 25-30 mm diameter, pinkish-white, becoming broader toward cap somewhat fibrous internally; cap up to 80 mm diameter, upper surface slightly to strongly dish-shaped, pale to dark pink-brown with darker pinkish brown scales, smooth, not slimy or sticky, central depression more strongly pigmented than rest of cap; underside white, gills white. All fruiting bodies seen had been browsed by animals - possibly possum or rats.