Origin Tropical America, now Pantropical. In the Marquesas,
Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva.
Coarse perennial herbs 3-15(-20) dm tall, villous, often densely so.
Leaves cauline, rarely primarily basal, upper surface dark green, lower surface paler, oblanceolate to elliptic oblanceolate, 7-22 cm long, 2-7 cm wide, lower surface densely soft pubescent, margins crenate, base clasping the stem.
Heads in terminal clusters subtended by broadly deltate bracts, each head with ca. 4 florets; involucral bracts 8, in 2 series, the outer ones 4.5-5 mm long, the inner ones 5.5-7.5 mm long; corollas white or pinkish, 3-4 mm long; pappus of 5(-8) straight bristles.