Orchids are generally uncommon, but plantanthera dilatata
is widespread across many mountainous regions of the West, usually growing near a water source. The pure white flowers are about 2/3 of an inch in diameter and are borne in large numbers along the upper part of the thick green stem, which in some specimens is quite short, around 10 inches, but can reach heights of 40 inches and have many dozen flowers. Between the flowers are short, pointed leaflets, slightly whorled in arrangement. There are three varieties (albiflora, dilatata, leucostachys), identifiable by the relative length of the lower spur.