Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and across northern U.S. and Canada to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Chiefly in coniferous forests at moderate to mid-elevations, usually where moist.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial, glabrous herbs from slender rhizomes, the flowering stems usually single, 1-2 dm. tall, usually with 1-several leaves at the base; sterile stems leafy.
Leaves somewhat leathery, long-petiolate, pale green above and deeper green beneath, the blade elliptic to oblong-obovate, 1-2.5 cm. long, with small, rounded teeth.
Racemes 2- to 8-flowered, pedicles 3-8 mm. long, with linear-lanceolate bracts nearly as long; flowers 9-13 mm. broad, pale yellowish; calyx lobes 5, rounded; petals 5, 5-6 mm. long; stamens 10; anthers with straight tubes and terminal pores; style curved, 3-6 mm. long; ovary superior.