Herbs perennial, low to tall. Roots to 7 cm, usually cylindric. Stems single and ± erect, or sometimes numerous and outer stems procumbent, striate, glabrescent. Leaves basal and on stem; petiole to 3.5 cm, winged, glabrescent or sparsely long pubescent; leaf blade lanceolate-oblong to linear-oblong, rarely ovate-elliptic, 1--6 X 0.7--1.6 cm, abaxially sparsely long pubescent along midvein, adaxially sparsely pubescent, pinnatisect; segments 6--15 pairs, somewhat lanceolate to broadly ovate or triangular, pinnatifid, or double dentate. Flowers axillary, dense; bracts leaflike, glabrescent or long ciliate. Calyx pubescent; tube to 1.2 cm, 1/3 cleft anteriorly; lobes 2(or 3 or 5), posterior one smallest. Corolla rose-red; tube 4--7 cm, finely pubescent; galea strongly twisted apically, with or without a conspicuously auriculate protrusion; beak semicircular or slightly S-shaped, to 1.1 cm, slender; lower lip 1.1--1.5 X 1.5--1.8 cm, lobes emarginate or shallowly 2-lobed. Anterior filament pair pubescent. Capsule ovoid-oblong. Fl. Jun--Jul, fr. Jul--Aug. 2n = 16.
Alpine meadows, swampy places; 3000--4600 m. W Sichuan, S and SE Xizang, NW Yunnan [Bhutan, India (Arunachal Pradesh), Nepal, Sikkim]