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Perennial herb from a short to moderate taproot; stems erect or ascending, solitary, usually simple, hairy by flowering time, 4-15 cm tall.
Basal leaves egg-shaped, rounded or spoon-shaped, fleshy, almost 1 mm thick, 1-6 cm long including the stalk, 0.3-1.5 cm wide, entire, rarely lobed, wavy-margined or rarely irregularly toothed, glabrous or sometimes moderately white woolly-hairy; stem leaves reduced upwards, oblong to lanceolate, white woolly-hairy in the leaf axils, round-toothed to sharply and deeply cut, uppermost reduced to entire purplish-tipped bracts.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, usually solitary (rarely up to 5) on white woolly-hairy stalks; involucres 8-11 mm tall; involucral bracts linear-lanceolate, with long-pointed tips, with white or yellowish hairs, purplish-tinged, especially at the tips, margins translucent; bracteoles few, usually purplish-tipped; ray flowers yellow, mostly 6-16; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes oblong, ribbed, glabrous; pappus of white hairlike bristles.
For a comprehensive discussion of the history of this complex group of species, which includes S. conterminus, S. cymbalarioides, S. cymbalaria, S. hyperborealis and S. ogotorukensis, see Douglas (1982).
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia