Virgate annual, 10-60 cm, ± adpressed-pubescent or glabrous. Median cauline leaves dissected into linear-lanceolate laciniae, upper leaves linear-lanceolate. Racemes lax or dense. Bracts about as long as pedicels. Flowers dusky violet, 20-25 mm, crisped pubescent. Blade of lower petals ± included, obovate, gradually attenuate into a ± equal claw; spur c. 2 x sepals. Follicles oblong, 5-9 mm, often pilose. Fl. 6-8. Calcareous slopes, fallow fields, vineyards, etc., s.l-1300 m. E. Mediterranean area, eastwards to N. Iraq, N.W. & W. Iran. Centred in the E. Medit. region, but extending into Ir.-Tur. areas.