Description from Flora of China
Rhizome slender, woody; sobols short, with membranous oval squamiform leaves, rosette leaves terminal. Stems caespitose, erect, 1-30 cm, slender, channeled, herbaceous, white arachnoid lanate, lower parts glabrous, simple, densely leafy. Lower leaves caducous and lost by anthesis; middle and upper leaves broad and large, spreading, oblanceolate-elliptic to oblanceolate, 2.5-4 × 0.7-1.2 cm, base attenuate or cuneate, decurrent on stem and becoming a short cuneate wing, margin flat, apex acute, with small cusp; apical leaves smaller; all leaves thickish, densely light yellow lanate, 3-veined and veins gradually disappearing toward apex, midvein slender, slightly exserted abaxially. Capitula 10 or numerous, dense, compound corymbiform; peduncle ca. 2 mm, light lutescent lanate. Involucre broadly campanulate, 5-8 × 5-6 mm; phyllaries 3- or 4-seriate, erect; outer phyllaries dark brownish, obovate, ca. 2.5 mm, lanate; middle ones spatulate-oblong, ca. 4 × 2 mm, apex obtuse, slightly yellowish white; innermost ones spatulate-linear, ca. 3.5 mm, with a claw ca. 2/3 of full length. Predominantly male capitula with male florets only. Corolla ca. 3 mm. Pappus dirty white, incrassate at tip of apex, serrulate. Fl. Aug-Sep.
No specimens of this species were seen by the second author.
● Alpine or subalpine dry slopes; 3000-4300 m. NW Yunnan (Dêqên).