Perennial herb from spindle-shaped stem-bases, with a few fibrous roots; stems 5-20 cm tall, with 1 or 2 bracts to 2 cm long.
Usually 2 or 3 nearly basal leaves nearly circular or egg-shaped to lanceolate, 2.5-6 cm long, about 1/2 as wide, sheathing.
Inflorescence a terminal, 5- to 18-flowered, crowded spike, the flowers small, greenish, unstalked, the lower flowers shorter than floral bracts; sepals 2 mm long, oblong, 1-veined, the upper sepal slightly hooded; petals strongly 3-veined, slightly shorter and wider than sepals; lip 1.5-2 mm long, nearly as wide, concavely curved, the margins slightly lobed, erect; spur barely 1 mm long, slightly curved, bulbous; column plump, about 1 mm long.
Capsules, ascending to erect.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
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
|CWH(16), MH(2), SBS(2)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Habenaria chorisiana Cham.