Description from Flora of China
Subshrubs. Rhizome thickish. Sobols densely white cottony tomentose, usually with large leaves, caespitose with flowering stems. Stems erect, 30-60 cm, slightly slender, ash-gray silky tangled papery tomentose, virgate, base woody, usually densely leafy. Leaves expanding, 2-6 cm × 2-5 mm; lower leaves usually caducous and lost by anthesis; middle leaves linear or oblong-linear, broad or somewhat narrow at base, base decurrent on stems and becoming a short and narrow wing, apex acute or acuminate, with short cusp; upper leaves narrow and small, linear or subulate; all leaves white cottony tomentose, margin flat or somewhat recurved, midvein somewhat exserted abaxially. Capitula 10 to numerous, densely arranged in compound corymbiform synflorescence; peduncle 1-2 mm; common peduncle of synflorescence ca. 2 cm. Involucre campanulate, ca. 5 × 5-6 mm; phyllaries ca. 5-seriate; outer phyllaries fulvous, ovate, ca. 3 mm, cottony tomentose; middle ones white, oblanceolate-oblong, ca. 4.3 mm, ca. 1 mm wide in female florets, ca. 1.5 mm wide in male florets; innermost ones narrowly oblong, with a claw ca. 2/3 of full length. Receptacle with fimbrillate appendage. Predominantly female capitula with many florets, with 1-5 central male florets and many rows of marginal female florets; predominantly male capitula with many florets, with all central male florets or 1-10 marginal female florets. Corolla ca. 3 mm. Pappus slightly longer than corolla; male florets pappus somewhat incrassate at tip of apex, serrulate. Achene oblong, ca. 1 mm, puberulent and glandular. Fl. Jul-Oct, fr. Sep-Dec.
● Slopes, grasslands; 1500-2800 m. Xizang, Yunnan.