forms low, tangled clumps, its stems growing close to or along the ground; plants take root at the leaf nodes. Stems are round in cross-section, and slender, covered by very fine, short hairs. They have no prickles. Leaves are trifoliate; all three leaflets are approximately the same size, generally round in shape. Leaves are borne on short stalks, with a pair of broad, ovate stipules at the base. Plants are found in damp places at medium elevations, in the Klamath and North Coast ranges of north California, northwards into Washington.
Flowers are borne singly or in pairs. The five sepals are hairless, light green in color, bent backwards. The five white petals are about twice as long (0.4 inches), and non-overlapping. Petals open fully, sometimes angled slightly back, below the plane. At the center are a ring of over 50 white stamens topped by brownish anthers, around a smaller (fewer than 15) group of light green pistils. Fruits are red, typical of the raspberry family.