Perennial, generally ascending herbs. Rootstock thick. Flowering stem 6-30 cm long, sparsely pilose with 2-6 terminal flowers. Leaves polystichous at the base, ternate, petioles variable in length (3-13 cm) long, sparsely pilose, upper leaves with smaller petioles. Leaflets 1.3-2.8 x 1.1-2.3 cm, broadly obovate-cuneate, deeply and obtusely 7-15 toothed, sparsely hairy to glabrous on both the surfaces. Flowers conspicuous, 1.6-2.5 cm diam. Calyces generally green, sericeous, outer smaller obtuse, generally divided, inner acute and entire. Petals 8-10 mm long, bright yellow, broadly obcordate, emarginate. Stamens about 20, much bigger, 0.8-1.0 mm long. Carpels numerous, styles c. 1.0 mm long, subterminal, clavate.
Fl. Per.: June-August
Holotype: In pascuis editioribus supra locum Doujonne in valle Sounnegoeut (Regn. Cachemir), alt. 3,000 m. Jacquemont (P). Isotype (PR).
A-7 Gilgit Agency, Naltar Valley, 11-12,000 ft, J.F. Duthie 12364 (K), Chitral Dist., Golen (Krui Mts.), ± 13,500 ft, S.A. Bowes Lyon 123 (BM), N of Mastuj between Turikho and Mastuj Rivers, J.D.A. Stainton 2852 (BM), Lutkhoo Valley, 10,000-11,500 ft, Major S.M. Toppin 259 (K), A-8 Kero Lugma glacier, left bank, 14,500 ft, closely vegetated area, R. Scott Russell 1280 (BM), Hispar glacier near Konibasar glacier, on moist meadows, ± 14,500 ft, R. Scott Russell 1572 (BM), B-7 Mansehra Dist., Kaghan Valley near Lake Lulusar, ± 13,000 ft, grassy scree, C. Weight 60 (BM), Saiful Maluk, 3,070 m, on stony and eroded places near water, flowers bright yellow, Muqarrab Shah & Jamshed 152 (ABD), Babusar, top, ± 5,000 m, Muqarrab Shah & Jamshed 297 (ABD), B-8 Kashmir, Tanin-Zojbal, 10,500 ft, J.R. Drummond 14194 (K), vicinity of Kolahoi mountains and glacier, F.G. Dickason 669 (US), Tajwas, near Sonamarg, corolla yellow, orange spot at the base of each petal, scree, Ludlow & Sherriff 7919 (E), above Gulmarg, 13,200 ft, G.L.E. Fuller 140 (K), above Killamarg, 10-11,000 ft, J.F. Duthie 13052 (K), Kamri Pass, ± 13,000 ft, J.R. Drummond 14020 (K), Ladakh, no date, no number, 13-17,000 ft, Thomson (K), Kalpani, 11-12,000 ft, J. F. Duthie 12559 (K, E), Kashmir, no precise locality, Voyage de Jacquemont aux Indes Orient. 480 (P), Gangagir (Sind Valley), 11,000 ft, Ludlow & Sherrif 7990 (E), Gumer Valley, 11,000 ft, flowers bright yellow, on open meadows, F. Ludlow & G. Sherrif 7635 (E), Zoji La, amongst rocks, stones on mountain ridges, P.M. Pinfold 295 (BM), Baltistan, Deosai Plains, ± 4,500 m, W. Koelz 9476 (MICH), Ghatpani nullah, 12-13,000 ft, J.F. Duthie 13874 (OSLO).
Distribution: Georgia (Caucasus), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir.
A high alpine perennial herb, found in stony and eroded places. A fairly common species in Pakistan and Kashmir, generally found between 3-4,500 m.