Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Okanogan County, Washington; Alaska to Oregon, east to Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, east across Canada to the Great Lakes region and northeastern North America; Eurasia.
Habitat: Damp to wet forests at mid-elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Scapose, glabrous perennial 8-20 cm. tall.
Leaves usually 1, rarely 2, basal, in addition to 1 or 2 sheathing bracts, the blade elliptic-oblanceolate to oblong-oblanceolate, 3-10 cm. long and 1/3 to 1/4 as broad, rounded, gradually tapered to a winged petiole 1/4 as long to nearly as long as the blade.
Inflorescence a 3- to 15-flowered raceme, the pedicles 1-5 mm. long, the floral bracts green and up to 15 mm. long on the lower part to yellowish and 2 mm. long above; flowers pale greenish or yellowish-green, the petals sometimes whitish; upper sepal sub-orbicular, 3-4 mm. long, erect; lower sepals obliquely triangular-ovate, 4-6 mm. long, somewhat reflexed; petals about equal to the upper sepal, broadly lanceolate; lip narrowly strap-shaped, about 1.5 mm. broad and 5-9 mm. long, pendant, but with an upturned tip, and 2 small, oblong growths near the base; spur tapered from the base, curved, 5-8 mm. long; stamens and style fused to form a column 2-3.5 mm. long with lateral growths projecting upward.