[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2016]

Round Mountain South Trail #805

Ochoco National Forest

May 28, 2016

Round Mountain as seen from 6 miles south on the northeastern corner of Lookout Mountain, Ochoco National Forest........May 29, 2016.

Round Mountain as seen from 6 miles south on the northeastern corner of Lookout Mountain, Ochoco National Forest........May 29, 2016.

This trail was hiked from the southern trailhead off the pass on Road 42, near the trailheads for Lookout Mountain. The roundtrip distance from the southern trailhead of Trail #805 to Round Mountain is about 10.1 miles with a total elevation gain of about 1800'. When we hiked it, there was no one else on the trail the day we hiked, and it was Memorial Day weekend! Protect your vehicles when hiking as some of the trailheads have suffered car clouting!

Weather: Temperatures in the mid 60s in the morning climbing to the low 70s by the afternoon. Skies were partly cloudy with a high haze, limiting good visibility to the Cascade Mountains, where one could normally see from Newberry Crater and Mount Bachelor north to Mount Hood.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

California White Fir: Abies concolor x Abies grandis

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Western Larch: Larix occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Oregon Boxwood: Paxistima myrsinites

Common Horsetail: Equisetum arvense

* Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

Needlegrass: Achnatherum sp.

Onespike Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bud.

* Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei var. tolmiei

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

* Mission Bells: Fritillaria atropurpurea - Beginning to bloom.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Freshly in bloom atop Round Mt.

False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule ? - May be large-leaves M. stellatum?

* Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum - A few plants in bloom.

* Panicled Deathcamas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum

California False Hellebore: Veratrum (californicum var. californicum ?)

Rattlesnake Plantain: Goodyera oblongifolia

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Kellogg's Knotweed: Polygonum polygaloides ssp. kelloggii

* Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

* Erubescent Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. rubra

* Nevada Lewisia: Lewisia nevadensis - Beginning to bloom.

* Threeleaf Lewisia: Lewisia triphylla - Beginning to bloom.

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

* Bigleaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophylla

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Sagebrush Buttercup: Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus - Only in bloom atop Round Mt. summit.

Hornseed: Ranunculus testiculatus - Going to seed along road at Round Mt. summit.

* Little Buttercup: Ranunculus uncinatus

* Meadowrue: Thalictrum sp. - Beginning to bloom.

* Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii - A few plants in bloom near the summit of Round Mt.

* Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

Wormleaf Stonecrop: Sedum stenopetalum - A few plants in bud.

* Holboell's Rockcress: Boechera pinetorum

* Alpine Pennycress: Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca

* Daggerpods: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

Tower Rockcress: Turritis glabra - Not in bloom yet.

Roundleaf Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina - Summit of Round Mountain.

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera - Fading out of bloom.

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

* Slender Woodland Star: Lithophragma tenellum

* Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

* Serviceberry: Amelanchier sp.

Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius var. ledifolius

* Wood's Strawberry: Fragaria vesca var. bracteata

* Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana var. platypetala

* Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

* Western Burnet: Poteridium occidentale

* Kellogg's Spurred Lupine: Lupinus argenteus var. heteranthus

Burke's Lupine: Lupinus polyphyllus (var. burkei ?) - In bud.

* Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Full bloom atop Round Mountain.

* American Vetch: Vicia americana

Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana (ssp. oregana ?)

* Northern Bog Violet: Viola nephrophylla

* Marsh Violet: Viola palustris

* Upland Yellow Violet: Viola praemorsa ssp. praemorsa

* Goosefoot Violet: Viola purpurea var. venosa

* Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum var. incisum

* False Mermaid: Floerkea proserpinacoides

Field Bindweed: Convolvulus arvensis - At trailhead.

Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium

* Dwarf Groundsmoke: Gayophytum humile

* Carrotleaf Biscuitroot: Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum

* Donnell's Lomatium: Lomatium donnellii

Gorman's Salt and Pepper: Lomatium gormanii ? - Fruits ripening.

* Slender-fruited Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

Common Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

* Mountain Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis

Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia montana - Leaves only.

* Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens

Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea - Last year's stalks.

Spreading Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium (var. ?) - Leaves emerging from ground.

Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Past bloom.

* Dark-throat Shooting Star: Dodecatheon pulchellum (var. monanthum ?)

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

Western Polemonium: Polemonium occidentale - Meadows on SE side of Round Mt.

* Dwarf Hesperochiron: Hesperochiron pumilus - Fading out of bloom.

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum

* Great Basin Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora

* Austin's Small-flowered Nemophila: Nemophla parviflora var. austiniae

Variedleaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla ssp. virgata - In bud.

* Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha - Beginning to bloom.

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale

* Long-flowered Bluebells: Mertensia longiflora

* Leafy Bluebells: Mertensia oblongifolia - Beginning a nice bloom at the Round Mt. summit.

Nettleleaf Horsemint: Agastache urticifolia

Mountain Balm: Monardella odoratissima

* Wavyleaf Paintbrush: Castilleja applegatei (var. ?)

Narrow-leaved Paintbrush: Castilleja linariifolia

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Shrubby Penstemon: Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus - Round Mt. summit.

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

* Thyme-leaved Speedwell: Veronica serpyllifolia var. humifusa

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. occidentalis

* Downy-fruited Valerian: Valeriana acutiloba var. pubicarpa - Beginning to bloom atop Round Mt.

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Pathfinder: Adenocaulon bicolor

Pale Agoseris: Agoseris glauca var. glauca

Spearleaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa - In bud.

* Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides

* Howell's Pussytoes: Antennaria neglecta var. howellii - Beginning to bloom.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

Nodding Arnica: Arnica parryi - Only leaves.

Low Sagebrush: Artemisia arbuscula - In bud at the summit of Round Mountain.

Stiff Sagebrush: Artemisia rigida

Mountain Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana

* Arrowleaf Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sagittata

* Rough Eyelashweed: Blepharipappus scaber

Thistle: Cirsium sp. - Native.

Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare - Meadows at southwest side of Round Mt.

* Baker's Hawksbeard: Crepis bakeri

Showy Fleabane: Erigeron speciosus - Leaves only.

Rough-leaved Aster: Eurybia radulina ? - Leaves only.

Rocky Mountain Sunflower: Helianthella uniflora var. douglasii - Leaves only.

* Least Tarweed: Hemizonella minima

White-flowered Hawkweed: Hieracium albiflorum

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

* Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus

Tall Butterweed: Senecio serra

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

Salsify: Tragopogon dubius

Animals Observed During This Hike:

Elk - Tracks & droppings

Feral Horses - Tracks & droppings

Mule Deer - Tracks & droppings. Also observed eating Bryoria lichen near trailhead.

Turkey Vultures

Hairy Woodpecker

Clark's Nutcracker

Western Tanagers

Hermit Thrushes - Singing in late afternoon.

American Robins

Mountain Bluebirds

Chipping Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

Red-breasted Nuthatches

Rock Wren - Calling on rocky west face of Round Mt.

Hummingbird Moth nectaring on Microsteris gracilis !



Sara's Orangetip


Wood Nymphs

Trailhead signage for the Round Mountain South Trail #805. - Rocky bald filled with Lomatium leptocarpum along the Round Mt. Trail #805., Ochoco National Forest......May 28, 2016.

View south towards Lookout Mt. from along the Round Mt. Trail #805., Ochoco National Forest......May 28, 2016. - Steep riparian area viewed towards Big Summit Prairie from along the Round Mt. Trail #805., Ochoco National Forest......May 28, 2016.

Trailside vegetation near the summit of Round Mt. as seen along the Round Mt. Trail #805., Ochoco National Forest......May 28, 2016. - View east towards Big Summit Prairie from atop the summit of Round Mountain, Ochoco National Forest.......May 28, 2016. - Arrowleaf balsamroot and bighead clover atop Round Mt. as seen from along the Round Mt. Trail #805., Ochoco National Forest......May 28, 2016.

A few photos taken in progression along the Round Mountain Trail #805 from the south trailhead to the summit of Round Mountain. The photo at center left shows a view back towards Lookout Mountain, while the photo at lower center shows Big Summit Prairie in the distance as seen from atop Round Mountain. All photos are from the Ochoco National Forest........May 28, 2016.

Paul Slichter