Stems strictly erect; herbage glabrous, usually stipitate-glandular, densely viscid, sometimes eglandular. Leaf blades obovate to narrowly oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic-oblanceolate, 20-40 × 4-10 mm, not thick-fleshy, margins of at least the proximal shallowly serrate. Heads in corymbiform arrays. Corollas 6-7 mm. Cypselae (3.8-)4.5-5 mm. Flowering Aug-Oct. Open slopes and cliffs, mostly in foothill woodlands; 10-400 m; Calif. Known only from San Benito and Santa Clara counties, var. diabolica occurs in primarily inland, montane habitats. Var. diabolica differs from var. vernonioides in its resinous, usually densely stipitate-glandular vestiture (villous hairs lacking or sparse along the stems), consistently reduced, somewhat bractlike distal cauline leaves, and longer corollas and cypselae.