Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Moist alpine and subalpine meadows, and along stream banks in high mountain forests.
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Plants 10-40 cm. tall, stems several from a branched caudex; plants cespitose, not rhizomatous.
Leaves mostly basal, palmately or pinnately divided, the blades with 5 main leaflets and 1-2 remote, reduced, entire leaflets; main leaflets triangular-toothed to deeply dissected into narrowly oblong segments, usually silky-gray on the lower surface; cauline leaves 1-2, reduced; stipules 1-2 cm. long.
Inflorescence open, many-flowered; calyx saucer-shaped, silky, up to 1.5 cm. wide in fruit, the 5 lobes triangular-lanceolate, 4-6 mm. long, alternating with linear, shorter bracteoles; petals 5, yellow, obcordate, 6-9 mm. long; stamens 20; pistils numerous, style slender, equaling the fruit and attached just below the tip.
Achene 1.3-1.6 mm. long, weakly net-veined.