Herbs, perennial, caespitose, glabrous throughout. Stems 1-4, erect or ascending, green, 10-25 cm tall, 3-5 mm in diam. Basal leaves ca. 10, ternate-pinnate or biternate-pinnate; petiole to 10 cm; terminal leaflet ovate or ovate-oblong, 3-10 cm, irregularly lobed or pinnatipartite to pinnatisect; segments 3-lobed to multi-lobed or cleft; lateral leaflets ovate, 1.5-2 cm, 3-lobed. Cauline leaves 2, opposite, ternate, 2.5-5 cm; petiole 1-2 cm; leaf blade ovate-deltoid; terminal leaflet ovate, 1.5-3.5 cm, irregularly lobed; lateral leaflets ovate-elliptic or ovate, 0.8-1.8 cm, 3- or 5-10-lobed. Spikes to 8 cm; flowers yellowish green. Calyx cup-shaped, fleshy, (2 or)3(or 4)-lobed. Corolla yellowish brown, 2-3 mm in diam., 3- or 4-lobed; lobes oblong-ovate, inside glandular-punctate near top, base with a nectary. Fertile stamens 3 or 4; filaments filiform, ca. 1.5 mm; anthers yellow, spherical, ca. 0.5 mm in diam. Stigma solitary. Fl. Jun-Jul; fruit not seen.