Fringed Pinesap (Pleuricospora fimbriolata)
Easy to miss, and difficult to identify (many wildflower books don’t even mention it), this chlorophyll-lacking saprophyte/mycotroph is found in the same evergreen forests as plain old pinesap (another heath), but less often. The flower heads barely rise above the forest floor. It appears only on the west coast, from Washington’s Olympic Peninsula down to the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.
This plant is nearly indistinguishable from another, Hemitomes congesta, or Gnome Plant. After much deliberation, we now believe that the photos here are Fringed Pinesap, but may be mistaken. If you know for sure either way, please comment.