Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to northern Washington, disjunct in California and northwest Wyoming, east to Northwest Territory and Alberta, also in eastern Canada.
Habitat: Alpine and subalpine meadows and moist cliffs.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous, fibrous-rooted perennial from a short, woody base, 1.5-4 dm. tall.
Somewhat succulent, the basal ones mostly elliptic-ovate to sub-rotund, abruptly contracted to the truncate base, with rounded teeth and a petiole; cauline leaves reduced and becoming sessile on the upper part of the stem, bluntly toothed or pinnatifid with blunt lobes.
Heads 2-6, rarely more, orange or reddish, rayless; involucre 6-8 mm. high, its bracts generally suffused with reddish-purple.
The few discoid heads with orange or reddish disk flowers, along with the rather succulent leaves, should identify this species.