Perennial herb with a woody, branched caudex. Stems erect or ascending, 30–80 cm. Leaves all cauline, petiolate, 5–15 cm long, lanceolate to elliptic, pinnately lobed to entire. Vestiture of sparse, simple hairs. Petals yellow, 9–14 mm long, hairy on the inner surface. Fruit curved, 4–8 cm long; the stipe short-hairy, 12–21 mm long; pedicels spreading, 6–10 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Montana has varieties pinnata
(E. James) Rollins.