Stems 5–20 cm, scapose with 2 sheathing bracts. Leaf basal, solitary, petiolate; blade glabrous, ovate, 3–6 cm long. Inflorescence a solitary flower subtended by a purplish, linear bract, 8–20 mm long. Flowers: sepals purple, lanceolate, 14–22 mm long, erect; upper 2 petals similar; lip petal forming a white- and purple-spotted pouch, ca. 2 cm long, open at the top, yellow within; margin of the orifice (lamina) bearded with paired horns near the front; column obovate, yellowish, hood-like over the lip. Capsule lanceoloid, 20–35 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
We have varieties occidentalis
(Holz.) B. Boivin and americana
(R. Br). Luer.