[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2018]

Steins Pillar Trail #837

Ochoco National Forest

June 2, 2018

Steins Pillar, Ochoco National Forest.......May 21, 2017.

Steins Pillar, Ochoco National Forest........May 21, 2017.


Weather: Temperatures in the mid 70s in the morning climbing to the low 80s by the afternoon. Skies were mostly sunny with light winds except at Steins Pillar where the winds were more gusty due to its exposure to valley winds.


* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Comprehensive Plant list for the Steins Pillar Trail #837

California White Fir: Abies concolor x Abies grandis - In forest near Steins Pillar.

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Western Larch: Larix occidentalis - In forest just south of Steins Pillar.

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Oregon Boxwood: Paxistima myrsinites - In bud.

Scouler's Willow: Salix scouleriana

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Common Duckweed: Lemna minor - In first creek crossing adjacent to trailhead.

* Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

* Onespike Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata

* Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda var. juncifolia

Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda var. secunda

* Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

* Desert Fescue: Vulpia microstachys ?

Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei var. tolmiei - Past bloom.

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus - In bud.

* False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule

* Panicled Deathcamas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum

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

* Western Blue Flag: Iris missouriensis - Meadows along creek near trailhead.

Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid: Goodyera oblongifolia - Leaves.

Juniper Mistletoe: Phoradendron juniperinum

* Northern Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. anserinum - In bud.

* Sulfur Flower Buckwheat: Eriogonum umbellatum var. modocense

* Streambank Springbeauty: Claytonia parviflora ?

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

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

* Menzies' Catchfly: Silene menziesii

* Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum - Fading out of bloom.

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

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

Desert Alyssum: Alyssum desertorum - Fruits forming.

Hairystem Rockcress: Boechera pauciflora - Fruits maturing.

Secund Rockcress: Boechera retrofracta - Fruits maturing.

* Roundleaf Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina - Along trail near Steins Pillar.

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum - Fading out of bloom.

* Three-toothed Mitrewort: Mitella trifida - Fading out of bloom.

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

Sticky Currant: Ribes viscosissimum - Along stream about one-half mile south of Steins Pillar.

Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia var.alnifolia - Fruits forming.

Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius var. ledifolius - Past bloom.

Valley Cinquefoil: Drymocallis convallaria - Only leaves.

* Sticky Cinquefoil: Drymocallis glandulosa var. glandulosa

* Wood's Strawberry: Fragaria vesca var. bracteata

* Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum - Beginning to bloom.

Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata - Past bloom.

* Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa

* Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Fading out of bloom.

* Baldhip Rose: Rosa gymnocarpa

Thimbleberry: Rubus parviflorus - In bud.

Rocky Mountain Mountain Ash: Sorbus scopulina - In bud.

* Tailcup Lupine: Lupinus argenteus var. heteranthus

Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Past bloom.

* Western Blue Flax: Linum lewisii var. lewisii ?

* Rydberg's Geranium: Geranium rydbergii var. incisum - In bloom at the trailhead.

* Snowbrush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus - Beginning to bloom.

* Northern Bog Violet: Viola nephrophylla

Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium

* Slender Clarkia: Clarkia gracilis - Beginning to bloom.

* Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea - Beginning to bloom.

Annual Willowherb: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Small-flowered Willowherb: Epilobium minutum ?

Donnell's Lomatium: Lomatium donnellii - Fruits forming.

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium papillioniferum

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

Green-leaf Manzanita: Arctostaphylos patula - Past bloom.

Prince's Pine: Chimaphila umbellata - Forest near Steins Pillar.

Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea - Last year's stalks.

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

* Douglas' Phlox: Phlox douglasii - Fading out of bloom.

Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum - Past bloom.

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

* Linearleaf Phacelia: Phacelia linearis

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale - Fading out of bloom.

* Blue Scorpionweed: Myosotis micrantha

* Wavyleaf Paintbrush: Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum

* Acute-tipped Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida var. acuta

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Hotrock Penstemon: Penstemon deustus var. variabilis - In bud.

* Shrubby Penstemon: Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus

* Lowly Penstemon: Penstemon humilis

* Showy Penstemon: Penstemon speciosus - Beginning to bloom.

Annual Bedstraw: Galium aparine

Northern Bedstraw: Galium boreale

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - Fading out of bloom.

Twinflower: Linnaea borealis

* Orange Honeysuckle: Lonicera ciliosa - Beginning to bloom.

Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

* Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus - Beginning to bloom.

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla

* Spearleaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa

* Silvery Pussytoes: Antennaria argentea

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria pulvinata

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia - Past its peak.

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Fading out of bloom.

Intermountain Thistle: Cirsium inamoenum var. inamoenum - In bud.

Wavyleaf Thistle: Cirsium undulatum - In bud.

Tapertip Hawksbeard: Crepis acuminata In bud.

Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia - In bud.

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (var. speciosa ?)

* Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis

* Least Tarweed: Hemizonella minima

White-flowered Hawkweed: Hieracium albiflorum - In bud.

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri - In bud.

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

Columbia Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma carthamoides var. carthamoides - In bud.


Animals Observed During This Hike:

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Flicker - Heard

Pileated Woodpecker - Heard

Steller's Jays

Western Tanagers

Hermit Thrushes - Singing.

Violet-green Swallows

White-throated Swifts

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Red-breasted Nuthatches

Brown Creeper

Blue

Butler's Alpine ? - like very dark wood nymphs, but flying too fast to observe closely.

Juniper Hairstreaks

Ochre Ringlets

Anise Swallowtails

Pale Swallowtail

Hummingbird Moth


Paul Slichter