Description from Flora of China
Roots gray, slender. Caudex many branched, 5-10 mm in diam.; persistent old flowering stems present. Caudex leaves scalelike, triangular, 3-5 mm wide. Flowering stems numerous, ascending, grayish when old, 3-5(-10) cm × 0.5-1 mm. Stem leaves alternate, subhorizontally spreading, oblong to linear-lanceolate, 3-10 × 1-2 mm, margin entire, apex obtuse. Inflorescences corymbiform or subcapitate, 4-6 × 5-10 mm, few flowered. Flowers unisexual, unequally 4- or 5-merous; pedicel short, slightly elongated in fruit. Sepals linear, 2-3 mm, apex acute. Petals golden yellow, oblong-lanceolate, apically slightly narrowed, 3-4 mm, apex obtuse. Stamens 8 or 10; anthers yellow. Nectar scales subquadrangular to suboblong. Follicles ovoid, 3-4 mm, apical beak recurved, short. Seeds brown, lanceolate, to 1.5 mm. Fl. Jun-Jul.
Rocks; 2600-3200 m. SW Xinjiang (Kashi Shi) [Kazakhstan].