General: Perennial herb from spindle-shaped stem-bases, with a few fibrous roots; stems 15-100 cm tall, leafy.
Leaves: 3 or more along stem, oblong to linear-lanceolate, 5-30 cm long, 0.6-7 cm wide, ascending, gradually reduced to bracts above.
Flowers: Inflorescence a few- to densely-flowered spike, the flowers whitish-green, with bracts; lateral sepals spreading to slightly bent back, lanceolate, the upper sepal egg-shaped to nearly elliptic, slightly hooded at tip; petals egg-shaped to lance- or scythe-shaped; lip lanceolate to linear, 5-12 mm long, 2-4 mm wide, descending, entire, the base slightly to noticeably round-dilated; spur 4-12 mm long slenderly cylindrical to somewhat club-shaped, the tips gently tapered; anther sacs high, rising above stigmas, the tips separated, the bases diverging slightly; viscidia oblong.
Wet grassy slopes, stream and lake margins, bogs, swamps and open forests in the montane to alpine zones; infrequent in BC, east of the Coast-Cascade mountains; N to AK, E to NF and S to ME, MA, NY, MI, WI, MN, IA and CO.
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