[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2016]

Maxwell Lake Trail #1674 and Shady Forest Camp

Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

August 3, 2016

Pink mountain heather lines the eastern shoreline of Maxwell Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness......August 3, 2016.

A view east across Maxwell Lake towards a granitic ridge in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, with pink mountain heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis) in the foreground........August 3, 2016.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

This list includes plants seen from the trailhead at Shady Forest Camp and along the Maxwell Lake Trail #1674 up to Maxwell Lake.

California White Fir: Abies concolor x Abies grandis

Subalpine Fir: Abies lasiocarpa var. lasiocarpa

Douglas Maple: Acer glabrum var. douglasii

Slide Alder: Alnus viridis ssp. sinuata

Buckbrush: Ceanothus sanguineus

Snowbrush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus

Common Juniper: Juniperus communis (var. saxatilis ?)

Western Larch: Larix occidentalis

Oregon Boxwood: Paxistima myrsinites

Engelmann Spruce: Picea engelmannii

Whitebark Pine: Pinus albicaulis

Lodgepole Pine: Pinus contorta var. latifolia

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii (var. ?)

Mountain Hemlock: Tsuga mertensiana

Northwestern Lady Fern: Athyrium filix-femina var. cyclosorum

Lace Lipfern: Cheilanthes gracillima

American Parsley Fern: Cryptogramma acrostichoides

Cascade Parsley Fern: Cryptogramma cascadensis - Boulder fields at southeast side of Maxwell Lake.

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Spreading Woodfern: Dryopteris expansa

Northern Holly Fern: Polystichum lonchitis

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens

* Merten's Rush: Juncus mertensianus

* Parry's Rush: Juncus parryi

* Regel's Rush: Juncus regelii

* Hitchcock's Woodrush: Luzula hitchcockii

* Piper's Woodrush: Luzula piperi

Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Hood's Sedge: Carex hoodii

* Payson's Sedge: Carex paysonis

* Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis

* Needlegrass: Achnatherum sp.

* Mountain Bentgrass: Agrostis variabilis ?

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

* Blue Wildrye: Elymus glaucus ssp. glaucus

* Alpine Timothy: Phleum alpinum

* Spike Trisetum: Trisetum spicatum

American Stinging Nettles: Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis

* Swamp Onion: Allium validum - Beginning to bloom.

* Big-pod Mariposa: Calochortus eurycarpus

Queen's Cup: Clintonia uniflora

Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum ?

Roughfruit Fairy Bells: Prosartes trachycarpa

* Clasping Twisted Stalk: Streptopus amplexicaulis

* Green False-hellebore: Veratrum viride var. eschscholziana- Beginning to bloom.

Coralroot: Corallorhiza sp. - Past bloom.

* Rattlesnake Plantain: Goodyera oblongifolia

* Northwestern Twayblade: Neottia banksiana (Listera caurina) - Fading out of bloom.

* White Bog Candle: Platanthera dilatata var. dilatata

* Slender Bog Orchid: Platanthera stricta

* Alaska Rein Orchid: Platanthera unalascensis

* Pokeweed: Aconogonon phytolaccifolium var. glabrum

Northern Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - Past bloom.

* Piper's Golden Buckwheat: Eriogonum flavum var. piperi

* Parsnip-flowered Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides

* Oval-leaved Buckwheat: Eriogonum ovalifolium var. nivale

* Mountain Sorrel: Oxyria digyna

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

Broad-leaved Knotweed: Polygonum minimum

* Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella - At the trailhead and Shady Forest Camp.

* Pussypaws: Calyptridium umbellatum

* Heartleaf Springbeauty: Claytonia cordifolia

* Siberian Springbeauty: Claytonia siberica

Littleleaf Montia: Montia parvifolia

* Prickly Sandwort: Eremogone aculeata

Bigleaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophylla

* Alpine Pearlwort: Sagina saginoides - Only at Shady Forest Camp.

* Oregon Campion: Silene oregana

* Columbia Monkshood: Aconitum columbianum ssp. columbianum

Baneberry: Actaea rubra

Piper's Anemone: Anemone piperi

* Yellow Columbine: Aquilegia flavescens

* Tall Larkspur: Delphinium glaucum

* Hartweg's Buttercup: Ranunculus alimifolius var. hartwegii

* Little Buttercup: Ranunculus uncinatus

Western Meadowrue: Thalictrum occidentale

False Bugbane: Trautvetteria caroliniensis

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

Lance-leaf Stonecrop: Sedum lanceolatum var. lanceolatum

Wormleaf Stonecrop: Sedum stenopetalum ssp. stenopetalum

Lemmon's Rockcress: Boechera lemmonii

Lyall's Rockcress: Boechera lyallii ?

Woody Rockcress: Boechera suffrutescens ?

* Cutleaf Tansymustard: Descurainia (incisa ssp incisa ?) - Native.

Western Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum

Alpine Pennycress: Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca

Tower Mustard: Turritis glabra

Alpine Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina

* Brook Saxifrage: Micranthes odontoloma

Cross-shaped Mitrewort: Mitella stauropetala - Past bloom.

* Fringed Grass-of-Parnassus: Parnassia fimbriata var. fimbriata - At Shady Forest Camp.

* Foamflower: Tiarella trifoliata var. unifoliata

Prickly Currant: Ribes lacustre

Sticky Currant: Ribes viscosissimum

* Idaho Cinquefoil: Drymocallis glabrata

Woodland Strawberry: Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata

Broad-petal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana ssp. platypetala

* Large-leaved Avens: Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum

* Fan-leaf Cinquefoil: Potentilla flabellifolia

Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

Baldhip Rose: Rosa gymnocarpa

North American Red Raspberry: Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus

Thimbleberry: Rubus parviflorus

Sibbaldia: Sibbaldia procumbens

Rocky Mountain Mountain Ash: Sorbus scopulina

* Birchleaf Spiraea: Spiraea betulifolia var. lucida

Morton's Canada Milkvetch: Astragalus canadensis (var. mortonii ?) - Not in flower.

* Twin Clover: Trifolium latifolium

* Western St. John's Wort: Hypercium scouleri

* Hooked-spur Violet: Viola adunca - Still in bloom at Maxwell Lake.

Stream Violet: Viola glabella

* Round-leaved Violet: Viola orbiculata - Fading out of bloom.

* Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium var. canescens

Enchanter's Nightshade: Circaea alpina

* Tall Annual Willowherb: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Common Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum

* Glaucous Willowherb: Epilobium glaberrimum var. fastigiatum

* Nuttall's Groundsmoke: Gayophytum diffusum var. parviflorum

* Cow Parsnip: Heracelum maximum

* Gray's Lovage: Ligusticum grayi

* Slenderleaf Lovage: Ligusticum tenuifolium - Shoreline of Maxwell Lake.

* Ranger's Buttons: Sphenosciadium capitellatum

Common Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

Western Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis

* Slender White Heather: Cassiope mertensiana var. gracilis

* Little Pipsissewa: Chimaphila menziesii

* Pipsissewa: Chimaphila umbellata

* Single Delight: Moneses uniflora - At Shady Forest Camp.

* Sidebells Pyrola: Orthilia secunda

* Red Mountain Heather: Phyllodoce empetriformis

* White-vein Wintergreen: Pyrola picta

* Western Labrador Tea: Rhododendron columbianum

Thinleaf Huckleberry: Vaccinium membranaceum

Grouseberry: Vaccinium scoparium

* Spreading Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium var. pumilum

Giant Frasera: Frasera speciosa - Past bloom.

* Alpine Shooting Star: Dodecatheon alpinum - At Maxwell Lake.

Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora

Narrow-leaved Collomia: Collomia linearis

* Nuttall's Linanthus: Leptosiphon nuttallii ssp. nuttallii

Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* California Polemonium: Polemonium californicum

* Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpina - Beginning to bloom.

Timberline Phacelia: Phacelia hastata (var. compacta ?)

Common Houndstongue: Cynoglossum officinale - At trailhead & Shady Forest Camp.

* Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha

* Northern Bluebells: Mertensia paniculata var. borealis

* Nettleleaf Horsemint: Agastache urticifolia var. urticifolia

* Wallowa Paintbrush: Castilleja chrysantha

* Acute-tipped Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida var. acuta

* Common Paintbrush: Castilleja miniata var. miniata

* Rocky Mt. Paintbrush: Castilleja rhexifolia

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora - Mostly past bloom.

* Lewis' Monkeyflower: Erythranthe lewisii - Fading out of bloom.

* Elephant Heads: Pedicularis groenlandica - At Maxwell Lake.

* Sickletop Lousewort: Pedicularis racemosa

* Shrubby Penstemon: Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus - Only in bloom at Maxwell Lake.

* Globe Penstemon: Penstemon globosus - Fading out of bloom.

* Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus - Trailhead & Shady Forest Camp.

* Cusick's Speedwell: Veronica cusickii

* Alpine Speedwell: Veronica wormskjoldii

* Broad-leaved Plantain: Plantago major - At the trailhead and Shady Forest Camp.

* Fragrant Bedstraw: Galium triflorum

* Kelloggia: Kelloggia galioides

* Mountain Heliotrope: Valeriana sitchensis

Black Twinberry: Lonicera involucrata var. involucrata

* Blue Elderberry: Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Orange Agoseris: Agoseris aurantiaca

* Pearly Everlasting: Anaphalis margaritacea

* Woolly Pussytoes: Antennaria lanata

Raemose Pussytoes: Antennaria racemosa - Going to seed.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

* Sticky Arnica: Arnica diversifolia

* Mountain Arnica: Arnica latifolia - Uncommon along the trail.

* Hairy Arnica: Arnica mollis

* Nodding Arnica: Arnica parryi

* Rydberg's Arnica: Arnica rydbergii

* Michaux's Sagewort: Artemisia michauxiana ? - Beginning to bloom.

* Western Mugwort: Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta - Beginning to bloom.

* Canada Thistle: Cirsium arvense

* Native Thistle: Cirsium sp.

* Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare

* Coulter's Fleabane: Erigeron coulteri

* Peregrine Fleabane: Erigeron glacialis var. glacialis

* Showy Fleabane: Erigeron speciosus

* Elegant Aster: Eucephalus elegans

Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicuua

* Thickstem Aster: Eurybia integrifolia

* Douglas' False Sunflower: Helianthella uniflora var. douglasii

* White-flowered Hawkweed: Hieracium albiflorum

* Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

* Slender Hawkweed: Hieracium gracile

* Hayden's Tundra Aster: Orestemma alpigenum var. haydenii

* Woolly Groundsel: Packera cana

* Streambank Butterweed: Packera pseudaurea var. pseudarea - Lostine Creek at Shady Forest Camp.

* Alpine Meadow Groundsel: Packera subnuda var. subnuda - Meadows at Maxwell Lake.

* Western Coneflower: Rudbeckia occidentalis

* Tall Butterweed: Senecio serra

* Arrowleaf Butterweed: Senecio triangularis

* Cusick's Leafy Aster: Symphyotrichum cusickii - Shady Forest Camp.

Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen at this Location:

Red Squirrels

Least Chipmunks

Mule Deer

Belted Kingfisher

Dipper

Clark's Nutcrackers

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Canada Jays

Black-headed Grosbeak

American Robins

Varied Thrushes

Dark-eyed Juncos

Pine Siskins

Mountain Chickadees

Red-breasted Nuthatches

Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Winter Wrens

Hummingbird


Paul Slichter