Biennial or perennial, 65-80 cm, erect, branched only above with 2-8 capitula in a raceme. Leaves papery when dry, lower sparsely hirsute, upper thinly tomentose, entire or denticulate to repand-dentate; basal oblong-cordate, petiolate, lower and median oblong to broadly lanceolate, lower sessile with narrow base, median and upper decurrent. Involucre 27-35 x 25-30 mm, ovoid to subglobose. Appendages large, totally concealing basal part of phyllaries, brown , broadly triangular to suborbicular mm broad without cilia), cilia c. 12-16 on each side , terminal spinule 5-8 mm. Flowers purple. Achenes 6 mm; pappus 8-9 mm. Fl. 6-7. Pinus forests, 900-1300 m.
Endemic. E.Medit. element