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Perennial herb from slender rhizomes; stems erect, 20-40 cm tall, glandular-hairy, sparsely leafy.
Basal leaves heart-shaped, 2-7 cm wide, usually 5-lobed about 1/4 to 1/3 their length, sharp-toothed, sparsely coarse-hairy, at least above, long-stalked; stem leaves 1 to 3, similar to the basal but much reduced.
Inflorescence a loosely flowered spike-like cluster of up to 25 flowers, blossoming from top downward, the flower stalks 2-8 mm long; petals yellow-green, the claw slender, the blades dissected into 8 (4-7) linear, opposite, and usually glandular segments; calyces broadly bell-shaped, greenish, 5-6 mm wide, joined to ovary for about 1/3 length; free hypanthium thinly gland-lined, somewhat spreading, about length of lobes; calyx lobes 5, alternate with petals, triangular-egg-shaped; stamens 5, opposite the calyx lobes.
Capsules; seeds black, veiny-pitted.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia