It is an annual or short-lived perennial plant. The hollow stems are light to medium green, glabrous, and slightly ribbed. The basal leaves are up to 3 inches long and across; they have long petioles that become wider at their bases. The upper stems terminate in yellow flowers. Each flower has 5 yellow petals and 5 yellowish green sepals.
The blooming period occurs during the summer, lasting about 1 to 2 months. The flowers are replaced by clusters of flat smooth seeds that are kidney-shaped with short breaks. The root system is coarsely fibrous. This plant often forms colonies in wet depressions by reseeding itself.
The plant is considered useful in plague since the same is externally applied as a paste on glandular swelling or swollen gland in a plague. It also includes the use of leaves or branches with leaves flowers & fruits for preparing oil under normal process of oil application.
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