[Wildflower Bloom Reports for Central Oregon: 2003]

Shangrila (Slopes on the East Side of Shaketable)

Malheur N.F.

N 44* 16.027' ---- W 119* 22.248' ---- +/- 17'

Elevation 4689'

Malheur N.F. Map Coordinates: T15S R28E east end of section 17 west portion of section 16.

Shangrilah is a small mesa (approximate elevation of 4690') found north of Forest Service Rd #203, directly west of its intersection with 2490. The sides of this mesa are shear enough that easy access can only occur from the northeast side, limiting access by wild horses and cattle. Vegetation atop the mesa is relatively undisturbed and potentially could represent historic range vegetation in the west Malheur N.F.

The area of this study is a grassland slope topped by a small butte at the eastern edge of the Shaketable Research Natural Area.

* indicates the plant is currently in bloom.

Oregon Cliff Fern: Woodsia oregana ssp. oregana

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum

*Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei

Douglas' Harvest Lily: Triteleia grandiflora

*False Solomon's Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule

*Panicled Death-camas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum

*Grass Widow: Olsynium inflatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum (var. proliferum ?)

Sulfur Flower: Eriogonum umbellatum (var. ellipticum ?)

*Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata (ssp. perfoliata ?)

*Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva

*Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

*Mountain Sandwort: Eremogone capillaris ssp. americanum

*Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

Sagebrush Buttercup: Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus

*Holboel's Rock Cress: Boechera retrofracta (Arabis holboellii var. retrofracta)

Richardon's Tansy Mustard: Descurainia incisa ssp. incisa

*Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. verna

*Wild Candytuft: Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca (Thlaspi fendleri var. glaucum)

*Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

*Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera (Lithophragma glabrum)

*Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

*Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia (var. alnifolia ?) - Just past bloom.

*Curl-leaf Mt. Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius (var. ?)

*Wood Strawberry: Fragaria vesca var. bracteata

Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosus (var. ?)

Graceful Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis (var. ?)

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa - Nearing bloom.

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata

Pearhip Rose: Rosa woodsii var. ultramontana

*Stiff Milk-vetch: Astragalus conjunctus var. conjunctus

*Woolly-pod Milk-vetch: Astragalus purshii

*Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus var. aridis

Lupine: Lupinus sp.

*Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

*Upland Yellow Violet: Viola praemorsa ssp. linguifolia ? or (Valley Yellow Violet: Viola vallicola ?)

Parsley Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum

*Glaucous Desert Parsley: Lomatium donnellii

*Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum

*Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum (var. tridentatum ?)

*Desert Parsley: Lomatium sp.

Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens or pulchellum ?

*Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

*Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii ?

Varied-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla ssp. virgata

*Linear-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia linearis

Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale

*Blue Scorpion Grass: Myosotis micrantha - Tiny blue flowers.

*Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida var. acuta

*Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

*Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower: Mimulus nanus var. nanus

Hot Rock Penstemon: Penstemon deustus (var. ?- opposite lvs)

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii (var. dentatus ?)

Penstemon: Penstemon sp.

*Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea

*Annual Bedstraw: Galium aparine

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

The photo at right shows Erigeron chrysopsidis beginning to bloom on Shangrilah, May 25, 2003.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

*Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla

*Narrowleaved Pussytoes: Antennaria (stenophylla?) or (Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides ssp. aberrans ?)

*Heart-leaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

Twin Arnica: Arnica sororia?

Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata (var. tridentata ?)

*Arrowleaf Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sagittata

*Serrate Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza serrata

*Blepharipappus: Blepharipappus scaber

Utah Thistle: Cirsium utahense

Long-leaved Hawksbeard: Crepis acuminata

Hawksbeard: Crepis sp.

Gray Rabbitbrush: Chrysothamnus nauseosus

*Golden Fleabane: Erigeron chrysopsidis var. austineae

Scabland Fleabane: Erigeron bloomeri var. bloomeri ?

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

*False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

*Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus

Woolly Goldenweed: Stenotus languinosus var. languinosus

*Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

Northern Mule's Ears: Wyethia amplexicaulis

View west from Shangrilah towards the South Fork John Day River.............May 25, 2003.

Animals Seen or Heard:

Red Squirrels


Western Tanager male

Swainson's Thrush

Chipping Sparrow

Mt. Chickadee

Steller's Jay


Northern Flicker

Canada Geese- (overflying)

View southwest from the southern slopes of Shangrilah. These slopes feature nice serpentine, rock gardens in late May.............Photographed May 25, 2003. The haze is due to controlled burns across South Fork Murderer's Creek about one-half mile away.

Paul Slichter