Kingdon-Ward collected this species at the Temo La and the Nyima La, Tibet under the same collection number. It is easily distinguished by the compact head of 3-8 pendent flowers on scapes which are slightly farinose at the apex. Each flower is violet, sometimes tinged white at the base, farinose at the base, narrowly campanulate, cylindric, with each lobe cut into 2-3 triangular segments. Calyx is green or purple and farinose within, cut to 1/3. The leaves are prostrate, obovate to oblanceolate or spathulate, base attenuate with a winged petiole, glandular pubescent along the veins underneath and scabrid above, margin irregularly dentate or serrate.