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Perennial herb from a stout branched stem-base covered with reddish-brown remains of old leaf-bases; stems several, densely tufted, decumbent to ascending or erect, 5-10 (25) cm tall, spreading-long-hairy.
Basal leaves several, palmately compound, long-stalked, the stalks spreading-hairy; leaflets 3, broadly egg-shaped, 0.5-2 cm long, coarse-toothed to near the base, green and long-hairy to smooth above, paler and usually soft-hairy beneath; stem leaves alternate, 1 or 2, unstalked, reduced.
Inflorescence of 1 to 3 stalked, terminal flowers; corollas yellow, bowl-shaped, the petals 5, heart-shaped, 5-8 mm long, notched at the tip; calyces soft-hairy, 5-lobed, the lobes lanceolate, 4-7 mm long, alternating with 5 slightly shorter, lance-oblong bractlets; ovaries superior; stamens about 20.
Achenes, several, clustered, lopsided-egg-shaped, 1-1.5 mm long, greenish, with a few longitudinal wrinkles.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia