Plants mostly 3–12(–25+) cm. Stems ± decumbent-ascending to erect. Leaves mostly 1–3 cm; blades linear or lobed (lobes 3–7+, linear to filiform), faces puberulent and gland-dotted. Peduncles mostly 5–25 mm. Involucres ± obconic, 5–6 mm. Phyllaries 7–10+, green to purple, weakly carinate, oblanceolate to obovate, ± hirsutulous and gland-dotted. Ray florets 0. Disc florets 15–30+; corollas yellowish, 1–2 mm. Cypselae blackish to buff, 3 mm, hispidulous to villous, especially on angles and/or at bases; pappi of 8 white to tawny or purplish, obovate-rounded or oblanceolate to ± quadrate, apically truncate or acute scales 1–2 mm. 2n = 22.
Phenology: Flowering Aug–Oct.
Habitat: Roadsides, sandy slopes, and washes
Elevation: 1600–2500 m
Ariz., Calif., Colo., N.Mex., Tex., Mexico (Chihuahua), South America.