Smithsonian Misc. Collect. 52: 197. 1909.
Plants perennial, acaulescent or rarely with short branched aerial caudices, cespitose. Leaves: petiole 1–3.5 cm; blade linear to narrowly oblanceolate, 1.5–8 × 0.3–0.4 cm, 5 or more times as long as wide, margins entire, plane, surfaces glabrous or puberulent. Inflorescences: bracts broadly ovate to ovate-elliptic, 7–11 × 2–8 mm, thinly papery, glabrate to minutely glandular-puberulent; flowers 12–25. Perianth: tube greenish pink, 3–8 mm, limb pale pink, 3–4 mm diam. Fruits winged, ± obdeltate in profile, 6–9 × 5–8 mm, scarious, apex slightly beaked; wings 5, thin walled, apex tapered to broadly obtuse, without dilations, cavities extending throughout.
Phenology: Flowering fall.
Habitat: Shrubby gypsum hills
Elevation: 1500-2000 m
Of conservation concern.