, is a small perennial of low to mid elevation forested areas, blooming in the spring. Leaves are narrow, and few in number, growing at the base and in opposite pairs along the stem. Leaves have a lighter-colored midvein.
Flowers are subtended by several bracts, the lowest resembling a small leaf, the upper reduced in size, scale-like. Flowers are formed of five short, unequally-shaped sepals, below five petals about twice as long (up to 0.4 inches), colored pink or pale purple, with a few darker lengthwise veins. Petals usually have an orange patch at the base. The five stamens have pink filaments and white-pink anthers. The style is topped by three stigmas.