Mat-forming perennial. Stems simple, 1–5 cm. Basal leaves oblanceolate, 3–8 mm long, entire. Stem leaves lacking. Vestiture of dense, tangled, stalked branched hairs and long simple and branched hairs and cilia. Petals yellow, 3–4 mm long. Fruit ovate, ascending, 3–9 mm × 2–5 mm, pubescent with simple or forked hairs; style 0.4–1 mm long; lower pedicels 1–4 mm long. (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are varieties paysonii
(O.E. Schulz) C.L. Hitchc.
Stony, sparsely vegetated soil of exposed ridges, slopes; montane to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)