Description from Flora of China
Herbs, perennial, 20-60(-100) cm tall. Leaves aggregated near median part of stem; petiole 1.5-6 cm, wingless; leaf blade ovate or ovate-lanceolate, 2-6 × 1.2-3.4 cm, papery, palmate-pinnate veined, abaxially commonly purplish red, sparsely villous, especially on veins, adaxially green, glabrous, base cordate or subcordate, slightly decurrent, margin callose-denticulate, apex acute to acuminate. Capitula shortly pedunculate, arranged in racemes, 3-flowered; involucre cylindric, ca. 3 mm in diam.; phyllaries ca. 7-seriate, papery, abaxially glabrous, outer phyllaries ovate, 1-2.5 mm, inner linear-oblanceolate, 1-1.2 cm. Florets bisexual, chasmogamous and cleistogamous in same plant. Chasmogamous floret corollas white, tubular, 1-1.3 cm, deeply 5-lobed, lobes linear-lanceolate, unequal, anther appendages rounded. Achenes subfusiform, ca. 5 mm, glabrous or apically pilose; pappus light red, 6-10 mm. Cleistogamous floret corollas closed, tubular, minutely 5-lobed, ca. 5 mm, hidden in pappus. Achenes ca. 5 mm; pappus ca. 8 mm. Fl. Sep-Oct.
● Forests; 400-1600 m. Chongqing, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan.