Eriogonum jamesii var. simplex
Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Belgique 42: 190. 1906.
Herbs, compact, tight mats, 3–6 dm wide. Aerial flowering stems tomentose to floccose. Leaf blades 1–3(–3.5) × (0.3–)0.5–1(–1.2) cm, densely whitish- to grayish-tomentose abaxially, less so to thinly tomentose and greenish adaxially, margins plane. Inflorescences umbellate; bracts usually semileaflike, those of proximal node 0.5–2 × 0.3–1 cm. Involucres 4–6 × 2–5 mm. Flowers 4–7(–8) mm.
Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Clayey or chalk flats, slopes, and outcrops, mixed grassland communities
Elevation: 800-1000 m
Variety simplex is known only from a few scattered populations in Logan County and one site just inside Scott County.