Along the Apikuni trail
I'm really curious as to the name of this saprophytic plant. I saw Snow Plant on this same hike, but this species is new to me.
Dale identifies as a penstemon -- small white monkey flowers. Red like a Snow plant, but flowers are far apart, small white flowers. Stem same thickness from bottom to top. No leaves -- looking through the field guide I'm guessing it's a spotted coralroot.
Corallorhiza maculata, or spotted coralroot, is a North American coralroot orchid flower. Varieties are also known as western coralroot and summer coralroot. It is found from Mexico and Baja California, through California and most of the United States except the Southeast, and across Canada. It grows mostly in montane woodlands.