Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 17: 207. 1882.
Shrubs, 30–60 cm. Stems intricately branched, hirtellous, sparsely glanddotted. Leaves alternate; petioles 1–2 mm; blades (venation obscure) oblong to spatulate, 3–12 × 1–4 mm, bases acute to acuminate, margins entire, apices acute to obtuse, faces tomentose, glanddotted. Heads in paniculiform arrays. Peduncles 10–30 mm, villous, glanddotted. Involucres cylindric, 9–11 mm. Phyllaries 20–25 in 5–6 series, greenish, often purple-tinged, 4–5-striate, unequal, (sparsely villous, glanddotted) margins narrowly scarious (apices rounded, mucronate); outer ovate to lanceolate (ciliate), inner linear-oblong. Florets 20–30; corollas purplish, 6.5–7.5 mm. Cypselae 3.5–4.8 mm, hispidulous; pappi of 26–30 white, barbellulate bristles.
Phenology: Flowering Mar–Jun.
Habitat: Granitic desert slopes or sands
Elevation: 600–1200 m
Calif., Nev., Mexico (Baja California)
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