Torreya 18: 183. 1918.
Annuals, 10–90 cm (taprooted). Stems hispid. Leaves mostly alternate; blades lance-linear to linear, 20–100 × 1–3 mm, margins conspicuously ciliate at least 3/4 their lengths, hairs often than 0.5+ mm, faces hispid, abaxial sometimes glanddotted. Heads (1–) 3–15+. Peduncles 0.5–9 cm, lengths 1/10–1/3 leafy portions of stems. Involucres 9–14 mm diam. Paleae ovate to rectangular, 4.5–5.5 mm, prominently cuspidate. Phyllaries 5.5–10 mm. Ray-florets 9–15; laminae oval to obovate, 6–13 mm. Disc-florets 50+; corollas 2–3 mm. Cypselae black, 1.5–2.5 mm. 2n = 16.
Phenology: Flowering Jul–Oct.
Habitat: Saline marshes and meadows
Elevation: 1200–2200 m
Calif., N.Mex., Utah, Mexico (Chihuahua), Mexico (Sonora)
Variety ciliata has been separated based on having less dense pubescence; W. F. Yates and C. B. Heiser (1979) felt that this is insufficient for taxonomic recognition, noting that the type collection of H. hispida includes both indument forms. Heliomeris hispida appears to be relatively rare.
"broader" is not a number.