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Perennial herb from a short rhizome and branched stem-base; stems few to several, loosely tufted, ascending to erect, 10-40 cm tall, short-curly-hairy and spreading-long-hairy but not woolly.
Basal leaves few, palmately compound, the stalks spreading-soft-hairy but not woolly; leaflets 3 (to 5), egg- to wedge-shaped, 0.5-2 cm long, deeply sharp-toothed, greenish and sparsely appressed-hairy above, white-woolly and rarely also long-hairy beneath; stem leaves alternate, 1 or 2, unstalked, reduced upward.
Inflorescence a loose open cluster of 2 to 7 stalked flowers; corollas yellow, bowl-shaped, the petals 5, heart-shaped, 4-7 mm long, shallowly notched at the tip; calyces silky-hairy, 5-lobed, the lobes lanceolate, 3-4 mm long, alternating with 5 linear-lanceolate bractlets shorter than the calyx-lobes; ovaries superior, the styles warty-thickened at the base; stamens usually 20.
Achenes, several to many, clustered, lopsided-egg-shaped, about 1 mm long, smooth.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia