Fringe Cups often grow on moist north-facing slopes along streams. The thick scaly underground stems give rise to a basal cluster of kidney- or heart-shaped leaves. Fully expanded flowers may resemble buds because the petals are small and deeply cut into narrow pointed lobes. The flower consists of a tubular five-lobed calyx, five petals, ten stamens, and a one-chambered, two-beaked ovary that matures into a capsule releasing its seeds longitudinally between the beaks.
DISTRIBUTION: Moist slopes from NW Calif. and the Cascade Ranges to the northern Sierra Nevada and CW Calif.; < 2000 m.