General: Perennial herb from a short, stout rootstock and fibrous root; stems ascending to erect, solitary to several, 15-30 (50) cm tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves kidney-shaped, heart-shaped at the base, wider than long, 2-4 cm wide, entire, glossy green, the stalks 3-10 cm long; stem leaves solitary, reduced, unstalked, clasping, located near midlength on the stem.
Flowers: Inflorescence of single, erect, terminal flowers on leafless stalks; petals 5, white, fringed or comb-like on the lower half, 5- to 7-veined, 8-12 mm long; calyces lobed nearly to the base, the lobes oblong, half as long as the petals; sterile stamens thickened and scalelike, with 7-9 marginal lobes and a central larger lobe, sometimes with 5-many elongate, club-shaped segments.
Fruits: Capsules, egg-shaped, 1 cm long; seeds angled, numerous.
A shade-intolerant, montane to alpine, Western North American forb distributed equally in the Pacific and Cordilleran regions. Occurs in boreal and cool temperate climates on very moist to wet, calcium-rich and nitrogen-rich soils. Common in open-canopy, high-elevation forests, subalpine meadows on water-receiving sites; occasional on water-collecting sites (fens and swamps). Characteristic of Moder and Mull humus forms.
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