The leaves are compound with usually 3-4 and occasionally 5 pairs of leaflets. The outermost ones are larger. There is no terminal leaflet.
Leaflets are paler on the underneath, relatively glosssy on the upper surface. The tip of the leaflets are pointed or rounded, the base of the leaflets are rounded or cuneate.
There are “nectaries” (gland secreting nectar) between all but the outermost pairs of leaflets.
Flowers have yellowish green to yellowish brown calyxes and bright yellow petals.
Photo: Robert Whyte
Mature fruit and foliage
Septemptrionalis means northern.