Stems usually 0, rarely weakly de-veloped. Leaves erect to ascending; petioles often purplish, margins ciliate to tomentose; blades usually linear to oblanceolate, rarely spatulate, 10-40(-50) cm, margins usually dentate to lobed, or laciniately pinnatifid, rarely subentire, lobes 3-5 pairs, opposite to irregular, linear to lanceolate, usually antrorse, sometimes spreading; lobules often present, faces ± villous to canescent. Peduncles elongating after flowering, (15-)25-60(-96) cm in fruit, ± glabrate, or apically villous to tomentose, eglandular, sometimes bracteate. Involucres campanulate to hemispheric, 2-5 cm in fruit. Phyllaries in 4-5 series, green or medially rosy purple and/or spotted, subequal to unequal, margins occasionally dentate, ciliate or lanate, sometimes glabrous, faces glabrous or hairy, eglandular; outer subequal to or surpassing inner at flowering, spreading, adaxially tomentose; inner erect, greatly elongating after flowering. Receptacles epaleate. Florets 40-500; corollas yellow, tubes 4-7(-10) mm, ligules 3-7 × ca. 1 mm; anthers 1-3 mm. Cypselae 9-28 mm, bodies fusiform, 3-7 mm, beaks 9-21 mm, lengths mostly 3-4 times bodies; ribs ridged to subalate, rarely nerviform, straight, ± glabrous; pappus bristles in 2-3 series, 7-15 mm. 2n = 18.