Plants herbs, erect to spreading, 1–4 (5) dm tall, tomentose, grayish; aerial flowering stems erect, 0.5–1 dm long, tomentose; leaves basal, the petioles 0.5–3 cm long, tomentose, the blades suborbiculate, 0.5–2 cm long and wide, densely white-tomentose abaxially, mostly tomentose and grayish to greenish adaxially; inflorescences cymose, infrequently distally uniparous due to suppression of secondary branches, open to diffuse, 5–35 (45) cm long, 5–35 (4) cm wide; flowering stems tomentose; the bracts 0.5–3 mm long, 1–3 mm wide; peduncles absent; involucres somewhat appressed to branches, turbinate, 1–1.5 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, glabrous or tomentose, the teeth 5, erect, 0.2–0.3 mm long; inflorescence branches tomentose; flowers 1.5–2 mm long, the perianth white to rose, minutely glandular, rarely glabrous, the tepals monomorphic, oblong to oblong- obovate, somewhat constricted near middle and flaring adaxially, the stamens included, 1–1.5 mm long, the filaments pilose proximally; achenes brown, trigonous, 1–1.5 mm long.
Flowering June to October. Sandy to gravelly washes, flats, and slopes, saltbush and sagebrush communities, pinyon and/or juniper woodlands; 1300–2500 m.
These pictures have been taken on Whitney Portal Road in direction of Mount Whitney. California. August 31 st, 2014.
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