Distribution: Alaska to California, east to Alberta, Montana and Utah; in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains of Washington
Habitat: Forest openings, meadows and high ridges, mid- to high elevations in the mountains
Flowers: July - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Eglandular perennial from a branched base and short, thick rhizomes, the flowering stems 2.5-4.5 dm. tall.
Basal leaves pinnate, the leaflets 5-9, closely crowded, obovate, 2-5 cm. long, the upper 3 somewhat confluent, all cleft about midway to the mid-vein into linear or lanceolate teeth; stipules 1-2 cm. long, ovate, entire; cauline leaves few, much reduced.
Inflorescence open, many-flowered; calyx saucer-shaped, up to 1.5 cm. wide in fruit, the 5 ovate lobes slightly longer than the alternating lanceolate bracteoles; petals 5, yellow, obovate, 6-11 mm. long; stamens 20; pistils numerous, style slender, sub-terminal, longer than the achene.
Achene 1.5 mm. long.