Description. Plants loose to compact mats, 1–6 dm wide; aerial flowering stems mostly erect, (0.5) 1–2 (3) dm tall; leaf blades linear-oblanceolate to oblong or narrowly elliptic, 2–7 (9) cm long, 0.3–0.8 (1) cm wide, densely tomentose abaxially, tomentose to floccose or glabrous and greenish adaxially; inflorescences subcapitate to umbellate, the branches 0.2–1 cm long; involucres usually turbinate, 4–9 mm long; flowers (4) 5–7 mm long, including a 1–1.5 mm long stipelike base, the perianth cream or pale to bright yellow. 2n = 76, 80. Continue reading
Plants herbs, matted, occasionally polygamodioecious, 0.4–1.5 dm tall, 0.5–6 dm across, thinly tomentose to glabrate; stems with caudex spreading, the aerial flowering stems erect or nearly so, slender, solid, notfistulose, arising at nodes of caudex branches and at distal nodes of short, nonflowering aerial branches, 0.4– 1.2 dm long, with a whorl of 4–8 foliaceous bracts about midlength, similar to leaf blades, 0.3–1.5 cm long, 0.1–0.3 cm wide; leaves in basal rosettes, the petioles 0.05–0.5 (1) cm long, tomentose, the blades oblanceolate or elliptic to spatulate, 0.4–1.5 (1.9) cm long, –0.5 cm wide, lanate on both surfaces, or tomentose abaxially and slightly less so and greenish adaxially, the margins entire, plane; inflorescences capitate, 0.8–1.5 cm wide, the branches absent, the bracts absent immediately below involucre; involucres 1 per node, turbinate to turbinate-campanulate, 2.5–3.5 mm long, 2–2.5 mm wide, the teeth 6–14, lobelike, strongly reflexed, 4–5 (6) mm long; flowers 4–9 mm long, including a 0.7–2 mm long stipelike base, the perianth yellow, cream, or ochroleucous to rose-red, sparsely to densely villous abaxially, the tepals monomorphic, obovate, the stamens exserted, 4–6 mm long, the filaments pilose proximally; achenes light brown, 3–4.5 mm long, glabrous except for pubescent beak. Southern Oregon, North-Eastern California, North-Western Nevada.