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Perennial herb from a taproot with a stem-base clothed with some brown decaying leaf bases; stems curved to erect, simple, bowed, sparsely to densely stiff-hairy, 6-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves 4-12 cm long, the stalks one-half to three-quarter the leaf length, deeply dissected into elongate or egg-shaped segments, with 2-3 pairs of primary lateral lobes, the lobes mostly again divided, green or grey-green, smooth or sparsely white stiff-hairy; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary flowers on erect, straight, nearly smooth to bristly-hairy, 20-30 cm stalks, buds erect, 10-18 mm long; petals 4, yellow, sometimes pinkish-tinged, 1.5-1.8 cm long.
Capsules, oblong-ellipsoid, 1.2-2 cm long, 1-2.5 times longer than wide, brown bristly-hairy.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia