compactly matted, 0.1-0.3(-0.6) × 0.5-3 dm, mostly thinly tomentose. Leaves:
blade elliptic, 0.1-0.25 × 0.06-0.12 cm. Inflorescences
capitate or nearly so; branches absent or slender. Involucres
(0.8-)1-1.7(-2) mm. Flowers
(1.5-)2-2.5 mm; perianth white to pink. Achenes
1.5-2 mm. Flowering Jul-Aug. Gravelly to rocky granitic talus slopes; 3500-3600 m; Calif. Variety olanchense
is known only from Olancha Peak, Tulare County. It is worthy of cultivation as a rock-garden plant. In Baja California, var. oresbium
Reveal is similar; that taxon is restricted to the Sierra Juárez and Sierra San Pedro Martír, but already has made its appearance as a cultivated rock-garden plant.