Plants 20-50 cm. Cauline leaves: largest proximal to mid stems; blades usually 5-nerved, oblanceolate or spatulate, faces rough-pubescent. Heads usually borne singly, sometimes 2-3+, ± nodding. Involucres hemispheric or broader, 15-20 mm diam. Phyllaries lanceolate to lance-linear (subequal, margins ciliate). Paleae scarious, relatively soft. Ray florets 8-14; (corollas pale yellow) laminae 25-30 mm. Disc corollas yellow. Cypselae strongly compressed, narrowly obovate (margins ciliate, faces strigose); pappi of 2 ± subulate scales plus 0-4+ shorter scales. Flowering Jul-Aug. Upper montane forests; 2400-3600 m; Ariz., Colo., N.Mex.