Eriogonum alpinum

Plants herbs, spreading, compact, 0.2–0.6 dm tall, (0.3) 0.4–1 dm across, tomentose; stems with caudex absent, the aerial flowering stems erect or nearly so, slender, solid, not fistulose, arising directly from a taproot, (0.3) 0.4–0.6 dm long, floccose, with a whorl of 3–5 foliaceous bracts mostly at midlength, 0.4–0.8 (1) cm long, 0.15–0.4 (0.7) cm wide; leaves basal, in well-defined rosettes, the petioles 1–2 (3) cm long, tomentose, the blades oval to round-oval, 1–2 (3) cm long and wide, densely whitish- or grayish-tomentose on both surfaces, the margins entire, plane; inflorescences capitate, 1–2 (2.5) cm wide, the branches absent, the bracts absent immediately below involucre; involucres 1 per node, broadly campanulate, 3–5 (6) mm long, 4–7 (10) mm wide, tomentose, the teeth 6–12, erect, 0.5–0.9 mm long; flowers (3) 4–8 mm long, including a 0.5–0.8 mm long stipelike base, the perianth bright yellow, glabrous, the tepals monomorphic, oblong-obovate, the stamens included to exserted, 3–6 mm long, the filaments pilose proximally; achenes light brown, 4–5 mm long, glabrous. Continue reading