Perennial herb from a bulblike bases (corms), with a few fibrous roots, the old corms often persisting, new corms forming in axils of leaves; stems 5-20 cm tall, leafless, slender, smooth, angled above.
Two to 5 in a basal cluster, elliptic or egg-shaped, 1-3 cm long, pale green, the base broadly sheathing.
Inflorescence a several- to many-flowered, terminal, spikelike raceme, the flowers small, yellowish-green; sepals 2-2.5 mm long, narrowly egg-shaped, the middle one drooping, the lateral 2 erect; petals 1-1.5 mm long, oblanceolate; lip erect, 1-2 mm long, egg-shaped, green-veined; column about 0.3 mm long.
Capsules, egg-shaped, 4-6 mm long.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Hammarbya paludosa (L.) Kuntze