Perennials, 3-5 cm; taprooted, caudex branches relatively thick, short, retaining old leaf bases. Stems erect to ascending, glabrous, eglandular. Leaves basal (persistent) and cauline (petioles, when distinct, about equaling blades); basal blades linear-oblanceolate to slightly spatulate, 10-30 × 0.5-2(-3) mm, cauline similar or slightly reduced distally, margins entire, faces sparsely strigose or glabrous, eglandular. Heads 1. Involucres 2.5-3.5 × 6-7 mm. Phyllaries in 3-4 series (purplish, midveins greenish yellow, not swollen), sparsely strigose or glabrous, eglandular. Ray florets 20-29; corollas white, drying white to slightly lavender, 5.5-7 mm, laminae reflexing. Disc corollas 2.1-3 mm (veins not orange-resinous). Cypselae 1.3-1.6 mm, 2-nerved, faces sparsely strigose; pappi: outer of setae, inner of 9-13(-15) bristles. Flowering Apr-Jul(-Oct). Crevices and ledges in canyons above Mogollon Rim; 1300-2600 m; Ariz.