Essentially glabrous, 2-6 dm from a short stout caudex; lvs entire, linear or narrowly oblong (or the lower oblong-oblanceolate), 2-8 cm נ2-12 mm, more than 5 times as long as wide, sessile, or the lower petiolate (but only slightly if at all larger than the others); infl flat-topped, the heads tending to be in small glomerules; invol cylindric, 4-7 mm, its bracts well imbricate, broad and firm, the outer shortly green-tipped, the inner chartaceous and erose- margined; rays 3-6, white, 5-10 mm; disk-fls 5-10, 4-5.5 mm (dry), white or ochroleucous; achenes ±densely sericeous; pappus white, some of the bristles obscurely clavellate above; 2n=18. Dry woods and open ground; Mass. to Ga., w. to W.Va., s. Ind., w. Ky., and La. (Sericocarpus linifolius)
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.