Perennial, stem very short , simple or with few short branches;, capitulum or capitula nearly sessile in a rosetee of often very large leaves . Leaves ± densely hirsute with septate hairs; very variable, lyrate with 2-6 pairs of lateral segments and a triangular terminal segment or more rarely pinnatipartite or undivided. Involucre 22-27 x 20-30 mm, nearly globose. Appendages large, concealing basal part of phyllaries or nearly so, straw-coloured to light brown, erect or reflexed, ovate to triangular, with 8-12 cilia mm) on each side. Flowers yellow, marginal not radiant. Achenes 5-6 mm; pappus 1-2 mm. Fl. 6-7. Mountain slopes, 1950-2600 m.