Distribution: Alaska to Quebec, south chiefly in the Rocky Mountains to Colorado, west to the Sierra Nevada of California, the Wallowas of Oregon and the Olympics of Washington.
Habitat: Alpine and subalpine habitats.
Flowers: June - August
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Acaulescent, tufted perennial from a branched, woody base, sticky throughout with wart-like glands.
Leaves odd-pinnate, 3-20 cm. long; leaflets 15-45, linear-lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 5-25 mm. long; stipules 6-12 mm. long, attached to the petiole over half their length.
Inflorescence of spike-like racemes 2-7 cm. long, on long peduncles, exceeding the leaves, 7-30 flowered; flowers cream-colored to reddish-purplish, 10-15 mm. long; calyx 2/3 as long as the corolla, black-hairy, the 5 teeth linear, roughly half as long as the tube; banner slightly upturned, wings broad, keel with a short, straight beak.
Pod 10-15 mm. long and 4-6 mm. broad, gray- to black-hairy, the upper suture deeply intruded.