The Rocky Mountain states, and states to the west, though not Nevada
Between 7 and 14 inches
Dry to slightly moist conifer woodland, up to 7,000 feet
Widely lanceolate, up to 3.5 inches long, hairless
Goodyera oblongifolia grows amongst the leaf litter in dense, shady conifer forests, in coastal and medium elevation regions in most of the western states. Leaves are quite distinctive; they are relatively large, smooth, dark green in color but with a wide, white midvein and irregular, mottled white side veins. Leaves grow only at the base.
The inflorescence is a vertical, spiralled or one-sided cluster, typically containing several dozen (ranging from 10 to 48) whitish flowers and light green bracts. The three sepals are white to pale brown, and the lower two are slightly shorter than the upper one. The three petals are pure white. Sepals and stem have a covering of short to long hairs.