[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon:2011]

Wildflower Bloom at Fish Lake Campground

Steens Mountain Recreation Lands

August 30-September 3, 2011

Fish Lake in the early morning light as seen from sagebrush slopes to the southwest of the lake..............September 3, 2011.

Fish Lake in the early morning light as seen from sagebrush slopes to the southwest of the lake..............September 3, 2011.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Coyote Willow: Salix exigua ssp. exigua ?

Willow: Salix sp.

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Pondweed: Potamogeton sp. (P. amplifolius, P. foliosus, P. richardsonii ?)

Drummond's Rush: Juncus drummondii or Parry's Rush: Juncus parryi

* Daggerleaf Rush: Juncus ensifolius

Colorado Rush: Juncus confusus or Poverty Rush: Juncus tenuis

* Hood's Sedge: Carex hoodii

* Small-winged Sedge: Carex microptera

* Western Singlespike Sedge: Carex scirpoidea ssp. pseudoscirpoidea

Sedge: Carex sp.

Beaked Sedge: Carex utriculata

* Pine Needlegrass: Achnatherum (pinetorum ?) or A. nelsonii ssp. nelsonii ?

* Meadow Foxtail: Alopecurus pratensis

* California Brome: Bromus carinatus var. marginatus

* European Smooth Brome: Bromus inermis ssp. inermis

* Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides (ssp. californicus ?)

Slender Wheatgrass: Elymus trachycaulus ssp. trachycaulus

Meadow Barley: Hordeum brachyantherum

* Alpine Timothy: Phleum alpinum

Small Camas: Camassia quamash ssp. breviflora - Going to seed.

* False Hellebore: Veratrum californicum var. californicum

* White Bog Candle: Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys

* American Stinging Nettles: Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis

* Wyeth Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides

Prostrate Knotweed: Polygonum aviculare (var. ?)

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Kellogg's Knotweed: Polygonum polygaloides ssp. kelloggii

* Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

* Western Dock: Rumex occidentalis

* Water Montia: Montia chamissoi

Prickly Sandwort: Eremogone aculeata - Past bloom.

Ballhead Sandwort: Eremogone congesta var. congesta

* Red Sandspurry: Spergularia rubra

* Longstalk Chickweed: Stellaria longipes ssp. longipes

Baneberry: Actaea rubra - Shiny red fruit.

Crimson Columbine: Aquilegia formosa - Going to seed.

* Little Buttercup: Ranunculus unciniatus var. unciniatus - Fading out of bloom.

Meadow Rue: Thalictrum sp.

Bog Saxifrage: Saxifraga oregana - - Fading out of bloom.

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum- Berries forming.

Whitestem Gooseberry: Ribes inerme

Rydberg's Large-leaved Avens: Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum - Past bloom.

* Pink Pinwheels: Horkelia fusca ssp. capitata - Fading out of bloom.

Diverse-leaved Cinquefoil: Potentilla glaucophylla var. glaucophylla

Elmer's Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. elmeri

* Graceful Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata

* White-leaved Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus

* Long-stalked Clover: Trifolium longipes var hansenii (T. longipes var. nevadense)

* White Clover: Trifolium repens

* Western St. Johnswort: Hypericum formosum var. scouleri

* . Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana - Fading out of bloom.

* Sticky Purple Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum var. viscosissimum - Fading fast.

* Annual Willowherb: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Common Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum var. glandulosum

* White-flowered Willowherb: Epilobium lactiflorum

Diffuse Groundsmoke: Gayophytum diffusum

*Gray's Lovage: Ligusticum grayii

Western Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis - Elongated fruits forming.

* Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri ssp. borealis

* Ranger's Buttons: Sphenosciadium capitellatum

Green Frasera: Frasera speciosa- Past bloom.

Pleated Gentian: Gentiana affinis - In bud.

Harkness' Linanthus: Leptosiphon harknessii - Past bloom.

* Nuttall's Linanthastrum: Leptosiphon nuttallii ssp. nuttallii - Fading out of bloom.

* Western Polemonium: Polemonium occidentale - Fading out of bloom.

Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum - Long past bloom.

Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpina - Past bloom.

Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha - Clingy fruits present.

*Broadleaf Bluebells: Mertensia ciliata

* Nettle-leaved Horsemint: Agastache urticifolia var. urticifolia - Fading out of bloom.

* Wavy-leaved Paintbrush: Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum - Yellow-flowered. Fading out of bloom.

* Wyoming Paintbrush: Castilleja linariifolia - Fading out of bloom.

* Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus

Elephant Heads: Pedicularis groenlandica - Past bloom.

* Rydberg's Penstemon: Penstemon rydbergii var. rydbergii - Fading bloom.

* Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

Common Plantain: Plantago major

Twinberry: Lonicera involucrata - Shiny black twin fruits forming.

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus - Elongated fruits forming.

*Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Mountain Agoseris: Agoseris monticola

* Leafy Arnica: Arnica chamissonis var. foliosa

* Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata var. vaseyana - Beginning to bloom.

* Green Rabbitbrush: Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (var. viscidiflorus ?) - Beginning to bloom.

* Steens Mountain Thistle: Cirsium peckii

Greene's Rabbitbrush: Ericameria greenei

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa var. speciosa - In bud.

*Showy Fleabane: Erigeron speciosus

* Orange Sneezeweed: Hymenoxys hoopesii

Prickly Lettuce: Lactuca serriola

Streambank Groundsel: Packera pseudaurea var. pseudaurea

Tall Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus - Past bloom.

* Butterweed Groundsel: Senecio serra - Fading out of bloom.

* Rocky Mountain Goldenrod: Solidago lepida var. salebrosa

* Leafy Aster: Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius - Past bloom.


Animals Seen around Fish Lake Camp Ground:

Coyotes - Howling at night.

Belding Ground Squirrels

Chipmunks

Turkey Vultures- 2 using a snag on the south shore as a night-time perch

Great Horned Owl - Calling at night-time.

American Robins

Brewer's Blackbirds

Red-winged Blackbirds

House Wren

White-crowned Sparrows

Cassin's Finches

Western Gold Finches

Yellow Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler ?

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Warbling Vireos

Snipe

Northern Flickers

Hummingbird

Large, blue dragonflies

Medium-sized, yellow-green dragonflies

Caddisflies

Fritillarys


Paul Slichter