Stems 15-40 cm, glabrous or stipitate-glandular. Leaves: basal blades erect to somewhat spreading, needlelike, 1.5-8 cm × 0.5-1.5 mm, herbaceous. Inflorescences 1-3 umbellate cymes; bracts generally clustered at base of inflorescence. Pedicels 1-12 mm, glabrous. Sepals weakly to conspicuously 1-3-veined, 3-4 mm, apex obtuse. Flowering late spring-early summer. Rocky mountain slopes and outcrops; 1200-3300 m; Calif.