Plant: perennial herb; rosettes solitary or few, 7-16 cm wide, of 15-70 leaves, on stem 1-3 cm thick Leaves: cuneate-oblanceolate to -obovate, acuminate, 3-9 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, 2-4 mm thick, somewhat glaucous, smooth INFLORESCENCE: FLORAL STEMS 1-3 dm tall, with 5-15 leaves; branches 7-18, to 8 cm long, 1-6-flowered; pedicels 4-18 mm long; cymes flat or paniculate Flowers: 5-merous; sepals triangular-lanceolate, 2-6 mm long, 1.5-2.5 mm wide; corolla 19-28 mm wide, the tube 3-3.5 mm long; pistils abruptly narrowed to styles 0.5-1 mm long Fruit: FOLLICLES many seeded. SEEDS narrowly ovoid, reddish-brown, striate Misc: Infrequent, rock crevices and gravelly slopes in mts; 1200-2050 m (3900-6700 ft); Aug-Feb REFERENCES: Moran, Reid. 1994. Bixaceae. J. Ariz. - Nev. Acad. Sci. Volume 27, 190-194.