Erect perennial herbs. Leaves ternate, lateral segments often deeply divided almost to base and leaf appearing palmate; petioles narrowly sheathing at base. Flowering stems irregularly dichotomously branched (in Bhutanese species); umbels small, compound; bracts and bracteoles present; umbellules usually 3–4-flowered. Flowers hermaphrodite or outer ones in umbellule often male; young ovary covered with short hooked bristles (in Bhutanese species). Calyx teeth subulate. Petals minute. Stylopodium domed. Fruit ovoid-oblong, subterete, covered with hooked bristles (in Bhutanese species).
Sanicula elata D.Don
Bhutan: S—Chukka district
(Chukka Bridge, Marichong) and Deothang district (Wamrung); C—Thimphu
district (Dukye Dzong, Motithang, Pumo La to Pyemitangka), Tongsa district
(Shamgang to Pertimi, Tongsa), Mongar district (Shongar, Zimgang), and
Tashigang district (Chorten Kora); N—Upper Mo Chu district (Gasa
Dzong), Upper Mangde Chu district (Mangde Chu) and Upper Kulong Chu district
(Lao, Shingbe to Lao, Tobrang).
Ecology: A very common plant
of warm, broad leaved forests. 900–3200m.
Illustration [Fig 48: g–j]
Specimen List 
Note: Literature records of the Chinese species S. astrantiifolia Kretschmer in Chumbi may be based on misidentifications. This plant is very similar to S. elata, but the leaves are consistently tripartite and lateral segments less deeply lobed. Further good quality herbarium collections are needed to verify these records