Stems: erect, branched. Leaves: upper stem-leaves compound, short-petioled, ternate, the segments ovate, crenate-dentate; basal leaves long-petioled, sometimes undivided. Flowers: in umbels, eight-to-twelve rayed. Fruit: globose-ovoid.

The bright shining green leaves of this Parsnip and its brilliant golden umbels of minute flowers combine to render it one of the many handsome plants that deck the damp alpine meadows. It has stout hollow stalks and very glossy foliage, the leaves being ternate, or arranged in threes, with broad, wavy-margined, sharply toothed leaflets. It has a most disagreeable odour.