Herbage often floccose-tomentose, especially among heads and on abaxial faces of leaves, sometimes unevenly glabrescent. Leaves: blades of proximal usually tapered to petioles; mid and distal leaves weakly, if at all, clasping. Heads (1-)3-7. Phyllaries mostly 21, (7-)8-12 mm. Flowering summer. Grassy damp or drying sites in open conifer-dominated areas; 1700-3500 m; Ariz., Colo., N.Mex., Utah, Wyo.