Synonyms: Habenaria unalascensis Other names: Alaska rein-orchid Nomenclature: unalascensis = from Aleutian Is. (Unalaska) Nativity / Invasiveness: Montana native plant
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General: perennial, hairless, leafless but with a few small bracts, 20-60 cm tall, from 1-3 round to ovoid, fleshy tubers mostly 1.5-3 cm long and up to 1 cm broad.
Leaves: mainly basal, 2-4 on the lower third of the stem, often closely clustered, usually starting to wither by early flowering, lanceolate to oblanceolate, 8-15 cm long and 10-30 mm broad, pointed to blunt-tipped, gradually narrowed to the sheathing base.
Flowers: numerous in a tall, narrow spike, moderately fragrant, almost stalkless, spirally arranged, the floral bracts up to 8 mm long. Sepals 1-nerved, pale green, thin, the upper one ovate or ovate-elliptic, about 3 mm long, the lower pair slightly longer, spreading to slightly bent back. Petals fleshy and thicker than the sepals, greenish to nearly white and sometimes purplish-tinged, the lip fleshy, lanceolate to triangular-ovate, 2.5-4.5 mm long, narrower near the base, fused with the side sepals and with the base of the column, thickened along the edges. Spur cylindric straight to somewhat curved, 3-5 mm long. Reproductive column very short, the anther about 1 mm long, the pollen sacs nearly joined.