Pure white plant, groups of erect stems. Plant is occasionally pinkish, turning black with age. Stems fleshy, unbranched, with small, oval, colorless scales. Single flower at top is nodding, to 1 in. long, a cylinder-shaped bell formed by 5 overlapping petals. Grows in humus in deep shaded conifer forests at low elevations. Distinguished from phantom orchid, Cephalanthera austiniae, another white saprophyte, which has several outward-facing flowers along stem.
- Rarity: Rare
- Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 2--10 inches
- Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest
- Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, West Gorge, Crater Lake Np, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes