Perennial, 15-60 cm high. Stems glabrous or sparsely glandular, not geniculate, smooth or indistinctly striate, simple or with 1-2 branches. Lowermost leaves withering by flowering time with their bases and part of the petioles remaining. Middle and upper stem leaves sessile or subsessile, 20-60 mm long, ovate, 2-3-pinnate, leaflets sessile, 1-4 (-5) x 1-4 mm, ovate to suborbicular or obovate, 3-lobate with incised-dentate lobes or deeply incised-dentate all around, coriaceous, glabrous above, densely glandular pubescent beneath, with strongly prominent nerves on lowerside. Inflorescence a leafy panicle, narrowly ovoid with suberect or divaricate branches. Lower bracts leaf-l ike, upper bracts very small, ternate, central leaflets often trilobate. Pedicels 8-20 mm. Flowers small, pendant, greenish. Sepals broadly elliptic, membranous. Filaments filiform, anthers yellowish, shortly mucronulate, elongate. Carpels 4-10, on short stalks, at maturity strongly compressed, 3-4 x 2.5-3 mm, obovate-triangular, glandulose, ventral suture straight, dorsal suture strongly convex, nearly rectangular. Lateral ribs on each side simple or branched and anastomosing, quite prominent. Style slightly curved, often breaking in fruit.