Basal leaves are elliptical to lanceolate, wavy margined, measured at 6 cm long (including petiole) and 2 cm wide. Basal leaves with a prominent mid-rib, some leaves with a network of white veins in addition to the white mid-rib. Stem leaves very small, measured at 3 mm long and 1 mm wide. Flowers white, with the lateral petals and upper sepal forming a hood over the lip; the lateral sepals turning brown when the flower is fully open. Flowers measured to 9 mm long and 8 mm diameter. Stems glandular hairy.
Height listed in Budd's Flora to 45 cm, we measured plants to 32 cm tall.
Habitat is forest in the Cypress Hills.
Very rare, listed as an S2 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.
The above photos were taken August 1st in lodgepole pine forest in the Cypress Hills, 450 km south west of our home in Regina, SK.
I get preachy here: please don't dig up native orchids to try to grow them in your garden. They are becoming rare in the wild due to loss of habitat and wild harvesting. By all accounts they are also quite difficult to transplant successfully from the wild. If you want to grow them in your garden, there are nurseries who grow native orchids from seed who will sell plants to you.