Distribution: British Columbia to California, east to Colorado
Habitat: Open, rocky slopes at high elevations in the mountains
Flowers: July - September
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous perennial, somewhat succulent, from a taproot, freely branched from a decumbent base, about 1 dm. tall, or the stem somewhat longer and sprawling.
More or less toothed, 1-4 cm. long and up to 2 cm. wide, well distributed along the stems, the lowermost ones reduced, the others mostly obovate to spatulate, tapering to a narrow or shortly-petiolate base.
Single heads terminating the branches, usually with a short peduncle; involucre 7-12 mm. high, the principle bracts about 13; rays 6-10 mm. long, yellow.
The small plant, never strictly upright, with many small, rather succulent leaves on the stems and no basal leaves, separates this species from the others.