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Perennial herb from a short, rhizome-like woody stem-base; stems erect, solitary or few, simple or rarely few-branched above, white woolly-hairy becoming long-hairy with whitish or yellowish multicellular hairs above, 3-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves thickish, oblanceolate to egg-shaped, stalked, 2-10 cm long including short stalks, 3-35 mm wide, often irregularly toothed, woolly-hairy or these hairs deciduous and underlain with flattened multicellular hairs; stem leaves similar, gradually reduced upwards, lanceolate to oblong, sometimes toothed, woolly as in the basal leaves, unstalked.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary or rarely 2-4 at the ends of branches on densely white-woolly stalks with yellowish multicellular hairs; involucres 6-12 mm tall; involucral bracts linear to lance-shaped, purplish throughout, woolly to hairless or hairy with yellowish multicellular hairs; bracteoles lacking; ray flowers orange-yellow, mostly 8-25 mm long.
Achenes oblong, nerved, stiff-hairy; pappus of white hairlike bristles.
Although T.M. Barkley previously considered S. fuscatus as synonymous with the E Asian S. tundricola (Douglas 1982), he recently (Barkley 1994) excluded the latter from the North American flora and resurrected S. fuscatus.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia