Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 16: 194. 1913.
Perennials, 20–50 cm (caudices fibrous-rooted). Herbage sparsely pubescent to tomentose (especially on abaxial leaf faces and among heads). Stems single or loosely clustered. Leaves progressively reduced distally; petiolate; blades triangular, triangular-lanceolate, or lanceolate, 3–10 (–15) × 1.5–4 cm, bases cordate to truncate or tapered, margins serrate or dentate (mid and distal leaves sessile, bractlike). Heads nodding, 6–10+ in racemiform-paniculiform arrays. Calyculi of 2–5+ lance-deltate to filiform bractlets (lengths 1/5–1/2 phyllaries). Phyllaries ± 8, 6–9 mm, tips green. Ray-florets 0. Cypselae glabrous.
Phenology: Late summer.
Habitat: Montane meadows
Elevation: 3000–3500 m