Perennial, usually caespitose, with numerous thin fibrous roots, base covered by brownish remains of older leaves. Basal leaves in ros ettes, each ros ette with a single stem, 3-15 (-20) cm high, erect or ascending, yellowish-brown hairy, denser in its upper part. Basal leaves with a fairly long glabrous petiole, blade 12-20 (-25) mm wide, reniform to orbicular -reniform in outline, glabrous, trisect nearly to the base, primary segments strongly 2-3-sect again into linear to oblong-linear or obovate-lanceolate lobes, lobes entire or dentate, sometimes with 1-2 lateral lobules. Lobes of ultimate order 1-3 mm wide, acute or obtuse, glabrous. Stem leaves 1-2, similar to basal leaves, but subsessile or with a very short petiole. Flowers 15-22 mm in diameter, first yellowish, later whitish to purplish tinged. Sepals 5-7 mm, lanceolate-ovate to oblong-ovate, obtuse, persistent for a comparatively long time, densely or loosely covered with reddish-brown hairs. Petals broadly obovate to suborbicular, slightly to 1½ times longer than sepals, tapering into a very short claw, nectar pit without distinct margin. Achenes c. I mm long, numerous, smooth, glabrous, arranged in an ovoid head along the elongate hairy receptacle. Style very short.