This quaint little solitary-flowered denizen of our northern woods is often mistaken for a Pyrola. The slender stalk is acutely recurved, somewhat like a question mark, and, indeed, when one sees for the first time so large a flower on such a little plant, the surprise is apparently mutual, for it seems to say: "Well, what are you staring at?" The stalk terminates a creeping underground shoot, and is beset with a cluster of thin, veiny, shiny, rounding, dark green leaves which have finely toothed margins and slender stems. The five-petalled, white or pinkish, waxy flower is fragrant, and has ten white, yellow-tipped, widely spreading stamens and a prominent, green, club-shaped pistil. It nods or droops from the tip of the curved stalk, and the anthers are noticeably large. The stem becomes erect after the petals fall. It grows from two to six inches high along banks of streams and under pine trees in deep, cool woods, from June to August. It ranges from Labrador to Alaska, and south to Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and in the Rockies to Colorado and Oregon.