Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 13: 374. 1878.
Plants 20–50 cm. Stems branched (prominently ribbed, strongly stipitate-glandular; caudices woody). Leaves 5–10 pairs (main-stems, 2–6 pairs on branches; basal withered by flowering), cauline; sessile; blades obovate-oblong to ovate-oblong, (1–) 2–4 (–5) × 1–3 cm, margins ± entire, apices acute, faces sparsely to densely pilose, densely stipitate-glandular. Heads 10–20. Involucres narrowly turbinate. Phyllaries 10–20, broadly lanceolate (stipitate-glandular). Ray-florets 0. Disc-florets 10–30; corollas cream; anthers yellow. Cypselae dark gray, 4.5–6.5 mm, stipitate-glandular; pappi usually white, rarely tawny, bristles barbellate to subplumose. 2n = 38.
Phenology: Flowering Aug–Sep.
Habitat: Open, rocky subalpine to alpine
Elevation: 1700–2500 m