General: Perennial herb from slender rhizomes; stems single, erect or nearly so, (3) 5-25 cm tall; plants smooth and with a whitish bloom.
Leaves: Usually all basal, sometimes with single stem leaf near base, leathery, pale green above and paler below, 2-10 cm long, 2-times pinnately compound, the leaflets wedge egg-shaped to circular, 2-10 mm long, tips 3- to 5-lobed, margins slightly rolled under.
Flowers: Inflorescence an elongate, terminal few-flowered raceme, the flowers bisexual; flower stalks slender, curved; petals absent; sepals 4 (5), early deciduous, purple-tinged, egg-shaped or elliptic, 1- 2.3 mm long; stamens 8-15, the filaments purple, threadlike, the anthers bright yellow, 1.5-3 mm long; stigmas purple.
Fruits: Achenes, 2-6, slightly curved, lance egg-shaped, 2-3.5 mm long, prominently ribbed, unstalked or short-stalked, on fruiting stalks that curve downward.
Moist to wet meadows, seepage sites and thickets in the subalpine and alpine zones; frequent N of 56degreeN in BC, rare elsewhere; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to UT, NM and CA; Greenland, Iceland, Eurasia.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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