This low-growing woodland native – the only species in the genus Medeola – ranges from the eastern US (and Canada) to just the other side of the Mississippi River. It’s endangered in Florida and Illinois.
A single whorl of five to nine leaves appears atop a short stem (less than twelve inches); if the plant is going to flower, it will produce a second tier of three to five leaves, and blossoms arise from there.
Wish I had better pictures to share. I’ve only ever seen the plant under deep canopy, and it seems every time I find it flowering, the sky is overcast. I’ve never been able to shoot in in decent light.