196. Saussurea brachylepis Handel-Mazzetti, Acta Horti Gothob. 12: 326. 1938.
短苞风毛菊 duan bao feng mao ju
Herbs 3-5 cm tall, perennial, stemless or shortly stemmed. Caudex usually branched, covered with fibrous remains of petioles. Stem very short, simple. Rosette leaves petiolate; petiole to 2 cm; leaf blade narrowly obovate or elliptic, 3.5-9 × 0.8-3 cm, lyrate-pinnately lobed, abaxially white and densely tomentose, adaxially green, strigose, gland-dotted, and sparsely arachnoid floccose; lateral lobes 3-6 pairs, ovate, obliquely oblong, or triangular, margin entire or denticulate, apex rounded to obtuse and mucronate. Uppermost stem leaves subtending capitulum, linear, 1.5-3 × 0.1-0.2 cm, margin entire or denticulate. Capitulum solitary, in center of leaf rosette or terminal on stem. Involucre campanulate, 1.2-1.5 cm in diam. Phyllaries in 5 or 6 rows, leathery, straw-colored, sparsely arachnoid, apex acuminate; outer phyllaries ovate-triangular, 6-8 × 2.5-3.5 mm; middle phyllaries narrowly ovate-elliptic, 8-12 × 1.5-2.5 mm; inner phyllaries narrowly elliptic, 14-16 × 0.5-1.5 mm. Receptacle bristles to 4 mm. Corolla purple, 1.4-1.5 cm, tube 7-8 mm, limb 7-8 mm, lobes 4-4.5 mm. Achene brown, obovoid, 2-3 mm, smooth, glabrous, apically with a short crown. Pappus pale brown; outer bristles 2.5-6 mm, scabrid; inner bristles 1.3-1.5 cm. Fl. and fr. Aug-Oct.
● Mountain slopes; ca. 3600 m. W Sichuan (Dawu).