Very dwarf to procumbent perennial 2-5cm high, the stems densely leafy, downy to bristly-downy throughout. Leaves and doral bracts pinnatisect with linear lobes which are three to five cleft and pointed. Floral bracts and calyces red. Flowers inconspicuous. Equatorial and central tropical Andes, in humid paramo and puna moorland at 3500-4500m.