Etymology: Malaxis: from the Greek for "soft" from the texture of the leaves
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-10" tall forb; stems naked between leaves and inflorescence
Leaves: one above the base of the stem, clasping with sheath going to the base of the stem
Flowers: greenish to white, 6-parted, 1/8"-1/5" wide, not upside down; lip not bearded, narrowly pointed, not split; inflorescence very narrow, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers
Habitat: damp; woods, bogs, calcareous swamps
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = FACW USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc.