Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California.
Habitat: Moist to wet woods, from low to middle elevations.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Erect, often straggly, unarmed shrubs 1.5-3 m. tall, sprinkled with round, sessile, crystalline, shining, yellowish glands, with a characteristic odor.
Leaves alternate, petiolate, the blades 4-12 cm. broad and not quite as long, cordate, sparsely pubescent or glabrous except for the glands on the lower, paler surface; leaf blades deeply palmately 5- to 7-lobed over half their length, the main sections ovate-lanceolate, shallowly lobed and once or twice serrate.
Flowers numerous in ascending to erect racemes 15-30 cm. long, the pedicels 5-12 mm. long, jointed; bracts conspicuous, leaf-like, reduced upward; calyx tube saucer-shaped, 1,5 mm. long, the 5 lobes ovate-lanceolate, 3-3.5 mm. long, spreading, tube and lobes brownish-purple to greenish; petals 5, small, white, wedge-shaped; stamens 5, alternate with and equal to the petals; styles 2, fused and tapered half their length; ovary inferior, thickly glandular.
Berry sub-globose, 1 cm. long, glaucous-black.