A close-up of a flower of Alaska rein orchid as seen on dry slopes under conifers along the Canyon Mountain Trail #218, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness..........August 19, 2011.
Short-spurred bog orchid is a small flowered orchid of very moist places. The plant is yellowish-green to green in color and may grow 20-70 cm tall. The two to four leaves are largely basal, lance-shaped but broadest near the tip. They are parallel-veined and may reach 20 cm in length, and often wither quickly.
The narrow, loosely-flowered raceme is 10-30 cm long. The bracts are all shorter than the flowers. The flowers are green or greenish-white, 10-12 mm long and they are not fragrant. The sepals and petals are roughly the same length. The spur is cylindrical and of equal length to the lower lip which is oblong-ovate in shape.
Short-spurred bog orchid is found in dry to moist coniferous forests, and in moist meadows and damp streamside areas.
Short-spurred bog orchid is found from Alaska south to Baja California, and eastward to Quebec, Ontario, the western regions of South Dakota, Colorado, and Nevada.