Basionym: Gymnaster lixianensis J. Q. Fu, Bull. Bot. Res., Harbin 5(3): 143. 1985.
Herbs, perennial, 15-48(-60) cm tall, caespitose. Stems ascending, solitary or 2-4, simple, striate, densely retrorsely hirsutulous. Leaves sessile, basal and lower cauline leaves withered by anthesis; middle and upper leaves dense, gradually reduced upward, lanceolate-ovate to narrowly oblong or linear, 1-3 × 0.1-0.6 cm, both surfaces strigose, abaxially pale, adaxially dark green, base truncate, margin entire, apex obtuse, mucronate. Capitula solitary, 2.5-3 cm in diam. Involucres broadly campanulate; phyllaries 3-seriate, unequal; outer series green, short, oblong, strigose; inner series obovate-lanceolate, 5-7 mm, margin broadly scarious, fimbriate, apically green or purplish. Ray florets bluish, 5-7 mm; disk florets yellow, 3-5 mm, limb funnelform, lobes lanceolate. Achenes (immature) obovoid, slightly compressed, inconspicuously 2- or 3-ribbed. Pappus absent. Fl. Jul-Aug.
2600-2800 m. NC Sichuan (Barkam, Lixian).
Material of this species was not seen by us. The description is from the original Latin description and the illustration. This species is close to Aster pseudosimplex.