T: China, Sichuan, Daocheng District, Mt Gonggashan, 4300 m, 21 Aug 1996, S.K.Wu & al. 1540; holo: KUN; iso: TI.
Perennials, 7–20 cm tall, densely caespitose; rhizome short. Stem erect, terete, scabrous. Cataphylls 1–3, brownish; basal leaves terete, grooved, scabrous, 2–4-tubular, 4–10 cm long; sheath 1.0–3.5 cm long, stramineous. Cauline leaf 1, terete, with an adaxial groove, 1.5–7.0 cm long, not exceeding inflorescence; auricles absent. Lower bract subterete, exceeding or equalling inflorescence, 0.8–1.2 cm long, 2.0–3.5 mm wide. Inflorescence a single terminal hemispherical head, 5–15-flowered, 0.8–1.5 cm wide, or rarely heads two with lateral one on peduncle 1.0–1.5 cm long; sheath-like bract present; flower bracts membranous, lanceolate, 3–4 mm long; capitulum bracts lanceolate-ovate, 4–7 mm long, 1.5–3.0 mm wide, light brown. Flowers 0.7–1.0 cm long; pedicels 0.8–1.0 mm long. Tepals subequal; inner tepals slightly longer, 4.5–5.5 mm long, 1.0–1.4 mm wide, ±white, lanceolate, acute to subacute; outer tepals 4–5 mm long, 0.9–1.0 mm wide. Stamens 6, exserted, 9–10 mm long; anthers linear, white, 2.5–3.8 mm long; filaments 6.5–7.2 mm long; style 2.0–2.5 mm long; stigmas 0.6–0.8 mm long. Capsule unilocular, ovoid-trigonous, acuminate, 4.4–4.8 mm long, 1.2–1.5 mm wide, with rostrum exceeding perianth. Seeds ellipsoid, apiculate, 1.5–1.8 mm long; appendages ±absent.