The pictures were taken on Whitney Portal Road in direction of Mount Whitney. California. August 31 st, 2014.
Plants herbs, spreading, annual, 1–4 (5) dm tall, glabrous, greenish to reddish-brown; stems with caudex absent, the aerial flowering stems erect, solid, not fistulose, 0.3–1 dm long, glabrous, glandular distally; leaves basal, the petioles 0.5–2.5 cm long, hirsute, slightly winged, the blades spatulate, 2–6 cm long, 0.5–2 cm wide, hirsute and greenish on both surfaces, the margins plane, often ciliate; inflorescences cymose, usually diffuse, 10–35 cm long, 10–50 cm wide, the branches not fistulose, glabrous, glandular at nodes, the bracts 3, scalelike, 1–2 mm long and wide; peduncles spreading, straight, capillary, 0.4–1.5 (2.5) cm long, glabrous or sparsely glandular at least proximally; involucres turbinate, 0.5–0.9 mm long, 0.5–0.7 mm wide, glabrous, the teeth 4, erect or nearly so, 0.3–0.5 mm long; flowers 0.5–0.9 mm long, the perianth pink to red with red midribs, puberulent, becoming white with pink to red midribs, the tepals slightly dimorphic, those of outer whorl ovate and 0.5–0.7 mm long wide, those of inner whorl oblong and 0.4–0.5 mm long wide, the stamens included, 0.5– 0.6 mm long, the filaments glabrous; achenes dark brown to blackish, trigonous, 1–1.3 mm long, glabrous.
Flowering Jun-Oct. Granitic sandy flats and slopes, mixed grassland, chaparral, and sagebrush communities, oak and montane conifer woodlands; (1000) 1300–3200 m.