Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; widely distributed throughout western North America and northeastern North America; circumboreal.
Habitat: Open, dry to moist subalpine and alpine slopes.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Mat-forming perennial from rhizomes, the flowering stems leafless, 4-8 cm. tall.
Leaves from the horizontal stems trifoliate and petiolate; leaflets obovate, 1-3 cm. long, truncate and 3-5 toothed at the tip.
Inflorescence of 2-15 flowers in a tight cluster on the peduncle; calyx saucer-shaped, the 5 lobes 2.5-3.5 mm. long, the 5 alternating bracteoles shorter and narrower; petals 5, pale yellow, oval to spatulate, about half as long as the sepals; stamens 5, alternate with the petals; pistils 5-15, the styles 1 mm. long, lateral.
Achenes ovoid, 1.5 mm. long.