Taprooted forb with solitary or few, short stems and simple, linear to broadly lanceolate leaves. Calathia terminal, cylindrical with only yellow ligulate florets and inbricate involucral bracts. Involucre and chenes glabrous. Taproot cylindrical, dark brown, root colar covered with numerous dark brown fibers; stems solitary or a few, 5-30 cm tall, simple or branched above, with 1-3 leaves; leaves always variable in width, linear, linear-lanceolate or broadly lanceolate, flat along margin or undulate, with several veins;basal leaves narrowed into petioles; cauline leaves 1-3, sessile, reduced, linear or linear-lanceolate; inflorescence calathidia, solitary or 2-4, broadly cylindrical, 1.8-2.5 cm long and 0.5-1(1.5) cm wide; involucre glabrous; outer bracts ovate or deltoid-ovate, obtuse or acute; linear lanceolate, obtuse or subobtuse with white scarious margin; ligulate florets yellow, longer than as involucres; fruit achenes glabrous, with ring of hairs only below pappus, ribbed; pappus yellowish white, as long as achene.
Xeporhytic perennial forb. Height & stature: 15-30 cm tall. Stems & leaves: Tomentose, hairy stem; top leaves sessile, middle and lower leaves bi-or trible pnnate, 2-4 cm long and filamentous lobes at the top; leaves oblong, oval, and hairy. Roots: Thin ehizome. Inflorescence: Flower heads form thin, hanging spikes on thin pedicels.
Mesophytic perennial forb. Height & stature: 40-60 cm tall. Stems & leaves: Smooth, straight stems with palmate leaves. Inflorescence: Large reddish-yellow flowers, stems narrow.
Xeporhytic perennial grass. Height & stature: 30-40 cm tall. Stems & leaves: Moderately branched stem: smooth-edged, light-green prickly oval leaves, up to 3 cm long; Roots: Strong taproots. Inflorescence: Petals bright yellow and sepals whitish or white.