Dwarf, thinly woolly perennial 2-10 cm; basal lvs tufted, linear or linear-oblanceolate, acute, to 2.5 cm נ3 mm; cauline lvs similar, few; heads 1-8 in a terminal, spiciform or subcapitate infl; invol 5-6 mm, scarcely woolly, its bracts light greenish or tan, with dark brown margins and tips, imbricate, the outer obtuse, the inner mostly acute; pappus-bristles separate; achenes sparsely strigose; 2n=28. Alpine places; circumboreal, s. to n. Me. and n. N.H. July-Sept.
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.