Description from Flora of China
Herbs, perennial. Rhizome slender, densely with numerous flowering and sterile stems. Stems woody in lower part, yellow glandular hairy and upper part with arachnoid pubescence; internodes 3-5 mm. Leaves densely arranged, linear, 10-35 × 1-3 mm, abaxially with sparse glandular hairs and densely lanate, adaxially densely covered with glandular hairs. Capitula 10-30, 3-5 mm in diam., in dense corymbs; bracteal leaves numerous, linear, 5-10 × 1-2 mm, both surfaces densely lanate. Involucre 2- or 3-seriate, abaxially brown; phyllaries lanceolate, ca. 3 mm, apex brown and acute. Marginal florets female; corolla capillary, 2-3 mm. Disk florets male; corolla light yellow, subtubular, ca. 3.5 mm. Achenes papillose. Pappus of capillary bristles, white. Fl. Jul-Sep, fr. Sep-Oct.
● Dry grasslands, scree slopes, sandy riverbanks; 3000-4000 m. W Sichuan, NW Yunnan.