© David McAdoo (Photo ID #16275)
Perennial herb from bulblike bases (corms) to 8 mm across, with a few fibrous roots; stems 10-20 cm tall, leafless, smooth, pale green.
One, near base, egg-shaped to elliptic, 2-10 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, light green, keeled on back, the sheathing stalk 2-3 cm long.
Inflorescence a loosely-flowered, terminal, spikelike raceme, the flowers small, greenish-white, the flower stalks about 2.5 mm long; bracts about 1.5 mm long, lanceolate; sepals 1-2 mm long, the upper erect, narrowly egg-shaped, the lateral 2 narrowly lanceolate, somewhat curved behind the lip; petals 1-2 mm long, linear, bent back, pointed at tips; lip 2 mm long and wide, drooping downward, broadly triangular, the base heart-shaped, the tip beaked; column less than 1 mm long.
Capsules, ellipsoid, erect, to 5 mm long.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Malaxis monophyllos subsp. brachypoda (A. Gray) A. Löve & D. Löve
Malaxis monophyllos var. brachypoda (A. Gray) F. Morris & Eames