Short-lived, almost glabrous, slender perennials; stems erect, terete. Leaves mainly basal, 4-pinnate, held on one plane; ultimate segments dark green, linear-lanceolate, acute; stem leaves similar but much smaller; petiole with narrowly sheathing base. Umbels compound; bracts and bracteoles present, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate. Calyx teeth lanceolate, acute. Petals yellow (in Bhutanese species), obovate, emarginate to rounded, apex somewhat incurved. Stylopodium broadly conical, abruptly merging into the spreading, curved styles. Fruit oblong-ovoid, subterete, slightly compressed laterally, rounded at base, attenuate towards the stylopodium, glabrous; rib very narrow, scarcely prominent; mericarps grooved along inner (commissural) surface, vittae 3–4 between the ribs, 4 on the inner surface.
Sometimes misidentified as Vicatia species,
which are readily distinguished by their obsolete calyx teeth.
Bhutan: S—Deothang district (Keri Gompa); C—Thimphu district (Chutang, Guljekha, Paga, Thimphu).
Ecology: Open areas in scrubland,
dry turf, rocky ground, open coniferous forest, etc. 2000–2600m.
Illustration [Fig. 49 a-d]
Specimen List 
Note: M. digitata is endemic to Bhutan. The white-flowered Nepalese species, M. achilleifolia (DC.) P.K.Mukherjee & Constance, has been recorded in the literature for Bhutan, but no voucher specimens have been found. Apart from flower colour, this species also differs from M. digitata in its 7–16-rayed umbels, and coarser leaves.