Biennial with thickened taproot. Stem erect, 1-2 m, with several capitula on long nearly naked branches. Leaves thin, papery when dry, with scattered septate haris; basal and lower oblonh with cordate to hastate base and long petiole, lower sometimes nearly triangular with a pair of linear-lanceolate lateral segments; median and upper lanceolate, not decurrent. Involucre 30-35 x 25-35 mm, nearly globose. Appendages large, totally concealing basal parts of phyllaries, dark brown , nearly orbicular, margin ± regularly fringed, fringes 2-3 mm, appendage ending in a 4-5 mm spinule. Flowers purple. Achenes c. 5 mm; pappus 7-8 mm. Fl. 6. Forests, c. 600 m.
Endemic to the area of Mt. Cassius on the Turkish-Syrian border.