[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2018]

Wildflowers of the Steelhead Falls Trail (BLM)

Crook County, Oregon

April 25, 2018

Steelhead Falls on the Deschutes River, BLM lands at the western edge of the Crooked River Ranch.......April 25, 2018.

Steelhead Falls on the Deschutes River, BLM lands at the western edge of the Crooked River Ranch.......April 25, 2018. The trail parallels the Deschutes River on the east (left side of the pic) side of the river.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

* Water Birch: Betula occidentalis

Black Cottonwood: Populus trichocarpa

Scouring Rush: Equisetum laevigatum

Water Milfoil: Myriophyllum sp. - In the Deschutes River.

Simple-stem Bur-reed: Sparganium emersum ? - In the Deschutes River.

Broadleaf Cattail: Typha latifolia - In the Deschutes River.

Thurber's Needlegrass: Achnatherum thurberiana

* Cheat Grass: Bromus tectorum

Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis

Prairie Junegrass: Koeleria macrantha

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Basin Wildrye: Leymus cinereus

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia

* Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. secunda

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus - Leaves only.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Fading out of bloom.

Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum - In bud under riparian shrubs.

Panicled Deathcamas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum - In bud.

Yellow Flag: Iris pseudacorus

Slender Buckwheat: Eriogonum microtheca var. laxiflorum

Snow Buckwheat: Eriogonum niveum

Rock Buckwheat: Eriogonum sphaerocephalum var. sphaerocephalum

Dock: Rumex sp.

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

* Hornseed Buttercup: Ceratocephala testiculata

Western Clematis: Clematis ligusticifolia

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum

* Pale Alyssum: Alyssum alyssoides

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma

* Threadstalk Cutleaf Tansymustard: Descurainia longipedicellata ?

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna

Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera - Mature fruits.

Tumble Mustard: Sisymbrium altissimum

* Cutleaf Thelypody: Thelypodium laciniatum

Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii - In bud.

* Bulblet Prairiestar: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Golden Currant: Ribes aureum

* Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Leafing out.

John Day Cinquefoil: Drymocallis campanulatum ? - In bud.

Bush Ocean Spray: Holodiscus microphyllus var. glabrescens

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa - In bud.

* Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Beginning to bloom.

Baldhip Rose: Rosa gymnocarpa - Leafing out.

Menzie's Spiraea: Spiraea douglasii var. menziesii

Stiff Milkvetch: Astragalus conjunctus var. conjunctus

Western Prairie Clover: Dalea ornata

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

* Whitestem Blazingstar: Mentzelia albicaulis

Smoothstem Blazingstar: Mentzelia laevicaulis var. laevicaulis - Last year's stems.

* Carrotleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum

* Donnell's Lomatium: Lomatium donnellii

* Nevada Desert Parsley: Lomatium nevadense var. nevadense

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium papilioniferum 

* Broad-fruit Lomatium: Lomatium triternatum ssp. platycarpum

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea

Prickly Phlox: Linathus pungens

* Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii

* Annual Polemonium: Polemonium micranthum

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

* Threadleaf Phacelia: Phacelia linearis - Beginning to bloom.

Branched Phacelia: Phacelia ramosissima (var. ramosissima ?)

* Slender Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Desert Paintbrush: Castilleja chromosa

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

Annual Bedstraw: Galium aparine

Shrubby Bedstraw: Galium multiflorum var. multiflorum

Blue Elderberry: Sambucus mexicana ssp. cerulea - Leafing out.

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - In bud.

* Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

Gray Sagewort: Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. candicans

Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana

Dustymaidens: Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii

Canada Thistle: Cirsium arvense - In riparian area.

Green Rabbitbrush: Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (ssp. ?)

Tapertip Hawksbeard: Crepis acuminata

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Fading out of bloom.

Hoary Aster: Dieteria canescens (var. canescens ? ) - Leaves.

Western Goldenrod: Euthamia occidentalis

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

Woolly Groundsel: Packera cana

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale


Animals Observed During This Hike:

American Kestrel

Golden Eagle - nest

Turkey Vulture

Common Mergansers

Canada Geese

California Quail

American Dipper - nesting under Steelhead Falls

Eurasian Collared Doves

Rock Dove

Northern Flicker

Red-winged Blackbirds

American Robins

Mountain Bluebirds

Townsend's Solitaire

Golden-crowned Sparrows

Song Sparrows

White-crowned Sparrows

Violet-green Swallows

White-throated Swifts

Gray Hairstreak

Julia's Orangetips

Mourning Cloaks

Ochre Ringlets


Paul Slichter