Stems 0. Leaves erect to decumbent; petioles rarely purplish, petiole margins glabrous or pubescent, not usually ciliate; blades lanceolate to oblanceolate, 2-46 cm, margins usually entire, sometimes dentate, rarely lobed or lacerate, lobes 2-3 pairs or irregularly arranged, lanceolate, spreading, lobules 0, faces glabrous and glaucous or sparsely villous to tomentose. Peduncles not notably elongating after flowering, 5-60(-90) cm in fruit, glabrous or glabrate, or apically puberulent to lanate, sometimes stipitate-glandular. Involucres obconic to hemispheric, 1-3 cm in fruit. Phyllaries in 2-3 series, green or medially rosy purple, often with purple-black spots, midstripe, and/or tips, subequal to unequal, margins glabrous or ± hairy, not usually ciliate, faces glabrous or tomentose, sometimes stipitate-glandular or eglandular; outer erect or spreading, apices adaxially glabrous or hirsuto-villous; inner erect, not notably elongating in fruit. Receptacles epaleate or paleate. Florets 15-150; corollas yellow, tubes 4-18 mm, ligules 6-24 × 2-5 mm; anthers 3-7 mm. Cypselae 7-15 mm, bodies fusiform to narrowly conic, 5-9 mm, tapered to stout beaks 1-4 mm, lengths mostly less than 1/2 times bodies; ribs flattened to ridged, glabrous, or distally scabrous; pappi in 2-3 series, 8-18 mm. 2n = 18, 36
Plant: Perennial 3-50 cm, decumbent to erect, generally ± tomentose; sap milky Leaves: ± basal, linear to (ob)lanceolate, acute to long-tapered, entire to lobed INFLORESCENCE: 1 head, resembling a flower; involucre 10-25 mm; phyllaries overlapping in several series, outer ovate and acute to lanceolate and long-tapered, glabrous to ciliate or soft-hairy Flowers: many, > involucre; ligules yellow; corolla lobes generally (0)4-5; stamens 4-5, anthers generally fused into cylinder around style, often appendaged at tips, bases, or both, filaments generally free, generally attached to corolla near throat; pistil 1, ovary inferior, 1-chambered, 1-seeded, style 1, branches 2, generally hair-tufted at tip, stigmas 2, generally on inside of style branches Fruit: Fruit: body 4-10 mm, linear-fusiform; ± 10-ribbed, ribs straight, smooth; beak < body; pappus of many fine, simple, white bristles Misc: Sagebrush scrub, coniferous forest, meadows, alpine slopes; 1400-3800 m.