Shrub or small tree 2-4 m; spines 0,5-1,5 cm. Leaves 2,5-5 x 2-3,5 cm, grey-villous, more densely so beneath; on short shoots the lower leaves oblongoval to obovate, narrowly cuneate at base, apex toothed or shallowly 3-lobed; upper leaves with 5 narrow lobes dentate at apex; leaves on long shoots with 5-7 horizontally spreading lobes; petioles 1-2 em. Inflorescence 3-15-flowered, villous. Flowers white; pedicels up to 1-2 em; calyx like hypanthium, velutinous; sepals oblong to triangular-lanceolate, reflexed in fruit; styles 2. Fruit ovoidglobose, 12-18 mm diam., glabrous or thinly hairy towards apex and base, especially when young; pyrenes 2. Fl. 5-6. Sloping meadows, rocky slopes, 1300-2050 m.
Caucasia, W. Iran, N. Iraq. Ir.-Tur. element.