[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2018]

Wildflowers of Big Summit Prairie

Lithosol soils south of FS Road 4040 at MP 6.5 downhill towards the North Fork Crooked River

Ochoco National Forest

April 26, 2018

Floriferous bald along souther FS Road 4240, Ochoco National Forest.......April 26, 2018.

A bald full of wildflowers blooming near the south end of Road 4240, Ochoco National Forest........April 26, 2018. Daggerpods (Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides), sagebrush buttercups (Ranunculus glaberimus var. glaberrimus) and sandberg's bluegrass (Poa secunda var. secunda) make up the bulk of the blooms in this photo.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis

Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

* Rock Onion: Allium macrum ? or Allium campanulatum ?

Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei var. tolmiei - In bud.

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus - Leaves.

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

Panicled Deathcamas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum

Parsnipflower Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva

* Dwarf Montia: Montia dichotoma

* Linearleaf Montia: Montia linearis

Wormleaf Stonecrop: Sedum stenopetalum

Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii - In bud.

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Sagebrush Buttercup: Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna

Scalepod: Idahoa scapigera - Pods ripening.

* Daggerpods: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

Alpine Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina - On cliff tops above the North Fork Crooked River.

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum - Beginning to bloom.

Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intermontanus - In bud.

Cinquefoil: Drymocallis sp. - In bud. On cliff tops above the North Fork Crooked River.

* Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata

Lupine: Lupinus sp. - Still about 7-14 days away from blooming.

* Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Beginning to bloom.

* Upland Yellow Violet: Viola praemorsa ssp. linguifolia

* Cous: Lomatium cous

* Fernleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum - Beginning to bloom.

* Donnell's Desert Parsley: Lomatium donnellii - Beginning to bloom.

* Slender-fruited Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum

* Large-fruit Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum - Beginning to bloom.

Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium papilioniferum (old Lomatium grayi) - Beginning to bloom.

* Piper's Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea - In lower Indian Trail Creek.

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Douglas' Phlox: Phlox douglasii ????????

* Hesperochiron: Hesperochiron pumilus - Beginning to bloom.

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum - Beginning to bloom.

* Long-flowered Bluebells: Mertensia longiflora

Skullcap: Scutellaria sp.

* Wavyleaf Paintbrush: Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum - Beginning to bloom.

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Gairdner's Penstemon: Penstemon gairdneri var. gairdneri

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii (var. dentatus ?) - On cliff tops above the North Fork Crooked River.

White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - In bud.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia - Leaves just emerging from the ground.

Twin Arnica: Arnica sororia

Low Sagebrush: Artemisia arbuscula ssp. arbuscula

Stiff Sagebrush: Artemisia rigida

Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Flower heads on a few plants are in bud.

Rough Eyelashweed: Blepharipappus scaber - Leaves.

Tapertip Hawksbeard: Crepis acuminata ?

Modoc Hawksbeard: Crepis modocensis

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (var. ?)

Columbia Goldenweed: Ericameria resinosa - On cliff tops above the North Fork Crooked River.

Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

Columbia Goldenweed: Pyrocoma carthamoides var. carthamoides ?

* Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus - Beginning to bloom.

Northern Mule's Ears: Wyethia amplexicaulis ? - Leaves


Animals Seen At This Site:

Elk - Numerous droppings

Red Squirrel - Heard.

Kestrel

Red-tailed Hawk

Turkey Vultures

Northern Flicker

White-headed Woodpeckers

Clark's Nutcrackers

Common Ravens

Steller's Jays

Brewer's Blackbirds

Mountain Bluebirds

Cassin's Finches

Violet-green Swallows

Red-breasted Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatches

Frogs - croaking

Julia's Orangetip


Paul Slichter