Perennial, 15-50 cm high, simple or with a few branches near the terminal inflorescence. Stem erect, glabrous or sometimes with a few glands, smooth or indistinctly striate. Leaves usually with a very short petiole or sessile, 2-3-pinnate, ovate in outline, leaflets small, 1-5 mm long and wide, ovate to broadly ovate often profoundly 3-lobate or entire, with a rounded or rarely a cordate base. Inflorescence a short, few-flowered panicle, leafy. Flowers purplish-green, small. Bracts lobate. Pedicels 5 (-10) mm, erect. Sepals 4, 2.5 (-3) mm, broadly obovate to suborbicular. Stamens 6-10, filaments whitish, 3-5 mm, filiform, anthers c. 1 mm, mucronulate, yellowish. Carpels 6-12, at maturity long stalked, compressed, narrowly winged, glabrous or with a few glands laterally with prominent ribs. Style short, subulate, straight or curved, persistent, covered by a stigma for its whole length.