Forming small clumps from a few-branched caudex; stolons absent. Stems erect, 1–10 cm. Basal leaves oblanceolate, 3–12 mm long, 1-nerved, less hairy above. Stem leaves linear, 4–11 mm long, flagged. Inflorescence a solitary (2 to 3) head; male plants absent. Involucre: female 5–8 mm high. Phyllaries blackish green. Corolla female 2–4 mm long. Pappus none. Achenes ca. 1 mm long, glabrous (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Alpine slopes and ridges.