Description from Flora of China
Subshrubs, small, multibranched, 40-60 cm tall. Rhizome thickish; sobol or sterile stem erect or ascending, cinereous arachnoid tomentose, often denuded, with fertile axillary buds or short branches and sparse leaves. Leaves expanding or adherent to stem, spatulate-obovate or spatulate, 1-2(-3) cm × 5-10 mm, thick, both surfaces pallid or white tomentose, or adaxially pallid arachnoid tomentose, distinctly 3-veined, lateral veins slender, midvein slightly convex abaxially, base decurrent on stem into a narrow long wing, margin flat or slightly revolute, apex obtuse or rounded, with brown cusp; leaves on sterile stems long hairy. Capitula numerous, densely compound corymbiform; peduncle short. Involucre narrowly campanulate, 4-5 × 2-3 mm; phyllaries ca. 6-seriate, imbricate; outer phyllaries white or light red, narrowly ovate, ca. 2 mm; middle ones spatulate-elliptic, 3-3.5 mm, apex rounded; innermost ones linear-lanceolate, with a ca. 2/3 of full length claw. Receptacle with fimbrillate short hairs. Capitula with numerous marginal female florets, center of predominantly female capitula with 1 or 2 male florets. Corolla tube ca. 3 mm. Pappus slightly shorter than corolla, incrassate at tip of apex in male florets. Achenes glabrous. Fl. Aug.
No specimens of this species were seen by the second author.
Male plants were not seen by the present authors. According to the protologue, this species has 1-veined leaves.
● Low mountain or subalpine valleys, slope grasslands; 1800-3100 m. NW Yunnan (Lijiang, Zhongdian).