Description from Flora of China
Inula royleana C. B. Clarke.
Herbs, perennial. Rhizome tuberous. Stems 60-200 cm tall, grooved, densely pubescent. Leaves leathery; radical leaves elliptic-lanceolate, 20-50 × 10-20 cm, narrowed into petiole; cauline leaves oblong or ovate-lanceolate, often deeply lobed at base, semiamplexicaul; leaf blade densely tomentose abaxially, scabrid adaxially, margin crenate. Capitula 4-8 cm in diam., in raceme. Phyllaries in 5 or 6 series; inner phyllaries linear, apex acute. Achenes ca. 4 mm, glabrous. Pappus white, of ca. 40 bristles 9-10 cm. Fl. Aug-Sep. 2n = 20.
River beaches, grasslands; 1500-3100 m. Xinjiang [Afghanistan, Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan].