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(compact); caudex usually simple, (cespitose); (silvery) pubescent throughout, trichomes 6-8-rayed, rays furcate near base, fused at base, (umbonate, strongly tuberculate throughout).
several from base, decumbent, (unbranched, slender), 0.5-1 dm.
(strongly rosulate); blade usually oblanceolate or broader, sometimes triangular, 2-3.5 cm (width 5-10 mm), margins entire or with 1 or 2 broad teeth, (apex acute).
blade oblanceolate, 1-1.5 cm (width 2-4 mm), margins entire, (apex acute).
congested, (elongated moderately in fruit).
(spreading, straight or somewhat sigmoid), 5-8 mm.
sepals linear, 5-7 mm; petals spatulate, 8-10 mm, (apex often somewhat truncate).
(erect), didymous, suborbicular, inflated, 2-5(-8) × 4-8(-10)mm, (coriaceous, base slightly cordate or nearly obtuse, sinus obsolete or absent, apical sinus broad and deep); valves (retaining seeds after dehiscence), pubescent, trichomes appressed, (silvery on ovaries and immature fruit; replum obovate to oblong, as wide as or wider than fruit, rarely somewhat constricted basally, apex obtuse; ovules 4 per ovary; style 5-7 mm.
= 8. Flowering May-Jun. Sagebrush, granitic talus, open knolls, limestone chiprock, steep slopes, clay banks, near granite boulders; 2300-2500(-3900) m; Colo.
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