[Wildflower Bloom in the Cascade Mountains of Washington: 2011]

Wildflower Bloom at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

July 12 & 17, 2011

Masses of showy downingia (Downingia speciosa) bloomin in flat bottomlands on Camas Prairie at Conboy Lake NWR............July 12, 2011.

Masses of showy downingia (Downingia elegans) blooming in flat bottomlands on Camas Prairie at Conboy Lake NWR............July 12, 2011.

Note: We were fortunate to be doing some monitoring work for the refuge as this portion of the refuge is generally not open for viewing by the public (to protect nesting rare birds) so one should contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service before seeking to enter this closed area.


* indicates that the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Comprehensive Plant List for Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Lodgepole Pine: Pinus contorta

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Field Horsetail: Equisetum arvense

Ferriss' Scouring Rush: Equisetum x ferrisii

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens

* Long-bract Sedge: Carex athrostachya

* Golden Sedge: Carex aurea

* Fragile Sheath Sedge: Carex fracta

Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri - Past bloom.

* Lakeshore Sedge: Carex lenticularis var. lipocarpa

* Nebraska Sedge: Carex nebrascensis

* Woolly Sedge: Carex pellitaa

* Needle Spikerush: Eleocharis acicularis

* Common Spikerush: Eleocharis palustris

Hardstem Bulrush: Scirpus acutus

* Toad Rush: Juncus bufonius

* Daggerleaf Rush: Juncus ensifolius

Nevada Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (former variety badius) - Past bloom.

* Meadow Foxtail: Alepocurus (pratensis ?)

Japanese Brome: Bromus japonicus ?

Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

California Oatgrass: Danthonia californica

Timber Oatgrass: Danthonia intermedia or Onespike Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata

Slender Hair-grass: Deschampsia elongata ? - Nearing bloom.

* Bottlebrush Squirrel-tail: Elymus elymoides

* Prairie Junegrass: Koeleria macrantha

Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Voodoo Grass: Ventenata dubia

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - Going to seed.

Onion: Allium (douglasii or nevii ?) - Going to seed.

Asparagus : Asparagus officinalis

* Harvest Lily: Brodiaea coronaria

* Long-bearded Mariposa Lily: Calochortus longebarbatus var. longebarbatus - Includes white, light pink/lavender, and hot pink flower forms.

* Common Camas: Camassia quamash - A few plants still in bloom.

* Columbia Lily, Tiger Lily: Lilium columbianum

* Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina

* Meadow Deathcamas: Zigadenus venenosus

Western Blue Flag: Iris missouriensis - Past bloom.

Elegant Piperia, Coast Rein-orchid: Piperia elegans (Platanthera elegans) or Alaska Rein-orchid: Piperia unalascensis

Idaho Blue-eyed Grass: Sisyrinchium idahoense var. idahoense - Round seed heads forming.

* Hooded Ladies' Tresses: Spiranthes romanzoffiana - Beginning to bloom.

Common Bastard Toad-flax: Comandra umbellata var. californica - Just past bloom.

* American Bistort: Bistorta bistortoides (Polygonum bistortoides)

* Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

* Closeflowered Knotweed: Polygonum confertiflorum -

* Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

* Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

* Willow-leaved Sorrel: Rumex salicifolius

* Lineleaf Montia: Montia linearis - Fading out of bloom.

* Deptford Pink: Dianthus armeria

* Long-stalk Starwort: Stellaria longipes

* Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa - Beginning to bloom.

* Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum (D. burkei) - Beginning to bloom.

* Nuttall's Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallii

* Plantain-leaved Buttercup: Ranunculus alismifolius var. alismifolius - Fading out of bloom.

* Small Creeping Buttercup: Ranunculus flammula

* Woodland Buttercup: Ranunculus uncinatus var. parviflorus

Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii - Past bloom.

* Western Yellowcress: Rorippa curvisiliqua

* Tumble Mustard: Sisymbrium altissimum

* Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Suksdorf's Hawthorn: Crataegus suksdorfii

Woods Strawberry: Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata - Tasty fruits are ripe.

* Prairie-smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum - Fading out of bloom.

* Graceful Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata

* Graceful Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. flabelliformis

* Sulfur Cinquefoil: Potentilla recta

* Pearhip Rose: Rosa woodsii var. ultramontana

Pacific Trailing Blackberry: Rubus ursinus ssp. macropetalus - Tasty fruits are now ripening.

* Annual Burnet: Sanguisorba occidentalis

* Birch-leaf Spiraea: Spiraea betulifolia

* Douglas' Spiraea, Hardhack: Spiraea douglasii var. douglasii

* Pyramid Spiraea: Spiraea x pyramidata

* Nevada Deer-vetch: Lotus nevadensis

* Bog Deer-vetch: Lotus pinnatus

* Spanish-Clover: Lotus unifoliolatus (Lotus purshiana)

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus var. silvicola - A few plants remain in bloom.

* Large-leaf Lupine: Lupinus polyphyllus ssp. polyphyllus

* Field Clover: Trifolium campestre

* Least Hop Clover: Trifolium dubium

* Alsike Clover: Trifolium hybridum

* American Vetch: Vicia americana

* Common Vetch: Vicia sativa

* Spur Violet: Viola adunca

* Common St. John's Wort: Hypericum perforatum

* Western St. John's Wort: Hypericum scouleri (formerly Hypericum formosum var. scouleri)

* Oregon Checker Mallow: Sidalcea oregana

Mahala Mat: Ceanothus prostratus

* Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium ssp. angustifolium - Beginning to bloom.

* Slender Clarkia: Clarkia gracilis

* Small-flowered Godetia: Clarkia quadrivulnera

* Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea

* Ciliate Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum

Dense-flower Willow-herb: Epilobium densiflorum (formerly Boisduvalia densiflora) - In bud.

Torrey's Willowherb: Epilobium torreyi or Smooth Willowherb: Epilobium pygmaeum ? - In bud.

* Canby's Angelica: Angelica canbyi

Coyote Thistle: Eryngium petiolatum

Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Common Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

Common Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri ssp. borealis - In bud.

Kinnickinick: Arctostaphylos nevadensis

* Prince's Pine: Chimaphila umbellata

* Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea

* Night-blooming Morning Glory: Calystegia atriplicifolia ssp. atriplicifolia (Convolvulus nyctagineus)

Dodder: Cuscuta sp. - Growing on showy downingia (Downingia elegans)

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana - Past bloom.

* Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora

* Baby Stars: Linanthus bicolor

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis - Fading out of bloom.

* Needle-leaf Navarretia: Navarretia intertexta ssp. intertexta

* Least Navarretia: Navarretia leucocephala var. minima

* Blue Scorpiongrass: Myosotis micrantha ? - Fading out of bloom.

* Fragrant Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys figuratus

* Self Heal: Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata

* Oblong Bluecurls: Trichostema oblongum

* Common Paintbrush: Castilleja miniata

* Hairy Owl-clover: Castilleja tenuis (Orthocarpus hispidus)

Bractless Hedge-hyssop: Gratiola ebracteata - In bud.

* Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus

* Rosy Owlclover: Orthocarpus bracteosus

* Rydberg's Penstemon: Penstemon rydbergii

* Marsh Speedwell: Veronica scutellata

English Plantain: Plantago lanceolata

* Northern Bedstraw: Galium boreale

* Small Bedstraw: Galium trifidum ssp. columbianum

* Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus

* Round-leaf Bluebell: Campanula rotundifolia

* Showy Downingia: Downingia elegans

* Heterocodon: Heterocodon rariflorum - Beginning to bloom.

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium var. occidentalis

* Large-flowered Agoseris: Agoseris grandiflora

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla - Fading out of bloom.

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria rosea

* Narrow-leaved Arnica: Arnica chamissonis var. incana

Hooker's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hookeri

* Meadow Knapweed: Centaurea pratensis

* Chicory: Cichorum intybus

* Rayless Fleabane: Erigeron inornatus var. inornatus - Beginning to bloom.

* Blanketflower: Gaillardia aristata

Lowland Cudweed: Gnaphalium palustre

* Meadow Hawkweed: Hieracium caespitosum

* Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

* False Dandylion: Hypochaeris radicata

Western Lettuce: Lactuca ludoviciana

* Hareleaf, Rabbitleaf: Lagophylla ramosissima

* Oxeye Daisy: Leucanthemum vulgare

* Little Tarweed: Madia exigua

Mountain Tarweed: Madia glomerata - In bud.

* Slender Tarweed, Common Tarweed, Gum-weed: Madia gracilis

* Cut-leaved Microseris: Microseris laciniata

* Rayless Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma carthamoides

* Sweet -marsh Butterweed: Senecio foetidus var. foetidus - Fading out of bloom.

* Rocky Mt. Canada Goldenrod: Solidago lepida var. salebrosa (Solidago canadensis var. salebrosa) - Beginning to bloom.

* Western Mt. Aster: Symphyotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatum - Beginning to bloom.

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

* Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius

Northern Wyethia: Wyethia amplexicaulis


Animals Seen at this Location:

Elk herd - Much squealing of the herd within the neighboring forest.

Sandhill Cranes - Including several colts, one which could fly and the other which still could not.

Turkey Vultures

Great Horned Owl

Grouse covey

Turkey flock

Great Blue Heron

Spotted Towhees

Ravens

Meadow Larks

Redwinged Blackbirds

Robins

Western Bluebirds

Western Wood Peewees

Western Kingbirds

Chipping Sparrows

Wilson's Warbler

Violet-green Swallows

Racer

Garter Snakes - numerous

Pacific Tree Frog

Lorquinn's Admiral

Wood Nymphs

Skipper

Moths on Sweet-marsh Butterweed (Senecio foetidus var. foetidus)

Ranchmann's Tiger Moth: Platyprepia virginalis



Paul Slichter