Ascocarp 0.7-4cm broad, globose to subglobose to flattened; cinnamon-buff to cream-buff; perdium minutely velutinous; interior variable from a simple cavity to extemely lobed with numerous small chambers; the interior usually opening to the exterior at one or more points.
Spores 24-28 X 36-36 , ellipsoid, yellow-brown, irregularly lacuno-rugose at maturity. Asci 8 spored.
Solitary to gregarious, hypogeous in soil or buried in well rotted wood, Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains; spring, summer, and fall.
Hydnotrya variiformis and its close relative, Hydnotrya cerebriformis both have a penchant for fruiting in well rotted logs.