Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; widely distributed throughout North America except for Alaska, Yukon Territory, Nevada, and southern Rocky Mountain states.
Habitat: In humus in deep, shady woods at low to moderate elevations.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Myco-heterotrophic plants with a cluster of simple flowering stems, waxy-white, blackening with age, 5-25 cm. tall.
Leaves scale-like, non-green, alternate.
Flower single, terminal, drooping, narrowly bell-shaped, 1.5-2 cm. long; calyx obsolete, but upper stem bracts calyx-like; petals 5, distinct, white, saccate at the base and broadened above, hairy on the inner surface; stamens 10, included, anthers without awns, opening by 2 curving slits; ovary superior.
Capsule sub-globose, about 6 mm. long.