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Perennial herb from a taproot and a simple or slightly branched woody base; stems several to many, freely branched, glabrous, 8-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves numerous, spoon-shaped to orbicular or egg-shaped, 3-10 cm long, 0.6-2 cm wide, entire to coarsely toothed, abruptly sharp-pointed, long-stalked, glaucous and purplish; stem leaves linear, with long-pointed tips, stalked or unstalked, somewhat reduced upwards.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, numerous in an open inflorescence; involucres 8-10 mm tall, cylindric; involucral bracts glabrous, the outer ones 7-8, very short, egg-shaped or oblong, abruptly sharp-pointed, the inner ones 8-10, 2-ranked, broadly papery-margined, abruptly sharp-pointed or obtuse, purple at the tip, becoming thickened near base; receptacles glabrous; ray flowers yellow, 6-8 mm long.
Achenes golden brown, 4.5-5.5 mm long, very slender with a short, slender beak about 1 mm long, about 10-ribbed with relatively narrow ribs that tend to be roughly short-hairy above; pappus white, of very fine, soft, hairlike bristles, deciduous.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia