Mém. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 5: 94. 1817.
Plants perennial, with stout to slender, often fusiform, woody caudices; periderm 1–12 mm. Stems 1–10 cm. Leaves: basal leaves petiolate, often dilated at base, blade spatulate to elliptic, 2–15 × 0.5–1 cm, thinly herbaceous, apex obtuse; cauline leaves sessile, blade elliptic or oval, 0.5–2 × 0.5–1 cm. Inflorescences ebracteate. Flowers 12–20 mm diam.; sepals 6–8 mm; petals yellow or white with yellow blotch at base, 10–12 × 3–8 mm; ovules 6. Seeds 2–3 mm diam., shiny and smooth to tuberculate; elaiosome 1–2 mm. 2n = 10.
Phenology: Flowering Jun–Jul.
Habitat: Snow beds in talus, rocks, and gravels
Elevation: 0-2000 m