Description from Flora of China
Carpesium atkinsonianum Hemsley.
Herbs, perennial. Stems 25-150 cm tall, densely pubescent, branched above middle. Lower leaves thin, petiolate; petiole shorter than or as long as blade, shortly winged; blade ovate to ovate-oblong, 7-23 cm, pubescent on surfaces, abaxially pale and gland-dotted, adaxially green, base mostly rounded, sometimes shallowly cordate or truncate, rarely shortly cuneate, margin irregularly mucronulate-dentate, apex acute to obtuse; median leaves oblong, cuneate-attenuate at base, acuminate at apex; upper leaves much smaller, oblong or oblong-lanceolate, sessile. Capitula 6-8 mm in diam., terminal and solitary on branches or in subracemose synflorescences, nodding at anthesis, subtending bracteal leaves 2-4, lanceolate, reflexed, 2-5 × as long as head. Involucre ovoid, 6-8 × 5-6 mm; phyllaries 4-seriate, imbricate, outermost shortest, broadly ovate, cuspidate, herbaceous, median oblong, rounded, innermost linear, obtuse. Corolla of marginal florets cylindric, ca. 1.5 mm, 4-lobed; corolla of disk florets cylindric, 3-3.5 mm, limb 5-lobed. Achenes cylindric, ca. 3.5 mm. Fl. Jul-Oct, fr. Oct-Nov. 2n = 40.
Broad-leaved forests, mixed forests; 600-1600 m. Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Sichuan, Taiwan, Zhejiang [Japan, Korea].