Rhizome constricted at intervals, the segments elongate; stems 2-4 dm, glabrous; basal lvs usually present at anthesis, resembling the cauline; cauline lvs 2, opposite or nearly so, biternate into linear entire segments 2-4 mm wide, these sometimes with lateral linear lobes; sep 4-6 mm; pet 10-14 mm, anthocyanic; frs 2-4 cm; 2n=64, 112. Rich moist woods; c. O. and s. Ind. to n. Ga. and n. Ala. Mar., Apr. (Dentaria furcata; D. multifida)
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.
This species was first recognized as such by Miss Edna Banta, who found it in 1935 on a rocky, wooded slope along Big Creek a mile west of Volga, Jefferson County. It was found also in Jefferson and Clark Counties by early authors who confused it with other species of the genus. They remarked about the many forms of leaves of their specimens. Schneck, in his list of plants from the Lower Wabash Valley, also calls attention to the varied leaves.