This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
This plant was formerly regarded as a variety of T. minus. It is a local species. The habitat is wet rocks. The plant has spreading- stipules with horizontal auricles. The stem is leafy below, tall. The leaf-stalks have spreading- branches. The achenes are egg-shaped. The stem is 2-4 ft. high, and this Meadow Rue flowers in July and August, and is a herbaceous perennial.
The habitat of this plant is subalpine damp mountain pastures, stream-sides, damp meadows, mountain waterfalls, wet rocks on mountains, copses. The habit is erect. The rootstock is short, crowned with rigid fibres. The stem is hairless, simple, leafy. The radical leaves are stalked, nearly round, divided into 5 lobes radiating from the centre, the lobes rhomboidal, wedge-shaped, divided, lobes cut, toothed, the stem-leaves stalk-less, not so large. The flowers are globular (hence Globe-flower), bright-yellow. The 10 petals are ligulate, oblong, as long as the stamens. The sepals are 10-15, golden-yellow, round, hollow, forming a globe. The stamens are short. The follicles are transversely wrinkled, keeled, beaked. The seeds are 3-angled, shining, smooth, black, and dotted. The plant is 1-2 1/2 ft. high, flowering in June and July, and is a herbaceous perennial.