118. Saussurea mae H. C. Fu in Ma, Fl. Intramongol., ed. 2. 4: 848. 1993.
毓泉风毛菊 yu quan feng mao ju
Herbs 4-15 cm tall, perennial. Caudex stout, much branched. Stems many, erect or ascending, base densely covered with brown remains of old petioles. Basal and lower stem leaves 3-7 cm, pinnately divided; segments 3-5, linear to narrowly ovate-linear, 3-10 × 0.5-2 cm, both surfaces sparsely arachnoid and glandular, margin entire or denticulate, apex acute to subobtuse and mucronate. Middle and upper stem leaves gradually smaller upward on stem, pinnately parted or undivided. Capitula 1-3, solitary or in a corymbiform synflorescence. Involucre campanulate, 8-10 mm in diam. Phyllaries in 5 or 6 rows, purplish, arachnoid, glandular; outer phyllaries ovate, apex acute; inner phyllaries narrowly ovate to linear, apex acuminate. Receptacle with bristles. Corolla rose, 1.3-1.6 cm, tube 6-7 mm, limb 7-9 mm. Achene cylindric, ca. 4 mm, 4- or 5-angled, rugose, densely glandular. Pappus white; inner bristles 1.1-1.2 cm. Fl. and fr. Jul-Aug.
● Stony mountain slopes; ca. 2400 m. Nei Mongol (Alxa Meng, Longshou Shan).
No specimens of Saussurea mae were seen by the present authors, and the treatment here is based on the original description.