[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Washington: 2009]

Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Washington

June 5, 2009

Reecer Creek Road

Wenatchee National Forest

Slopes on Table Mt. along Reecer Creek Rd blooming where once there was snow just days before..........June 5, 2009.

Open slopes with new wildflowers on Table Mt. several miles southeast of Lions rock in the Wenatchee National Forest.................June 5, 2009. This location is about one hundred meters upslope along forest service Road #35 from its juncation with Road #3521. Salt and pepper, Geyer's desert parsley, yellow bells and mountain big sagebrush can all be seen in the foreground.

This route took me up Reecer Creek Road into the southern half of Table Mt. in the Wenatchee National Forest. Near the base of the road, at its lowest, the balsamroots and lupines were already past their peak, with a climb of 1000 feet in altitude, they were just starting to bloom. On the open slopes about two miles short of Lion's Rock, snow was still lying across the slopes and the road had shallow snow drifts across it. Here there were numerous small desert parsleys, yellow bells and trumpet bluebells just beginning to bloom.

* Indicates the plant is currently in bloom.

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa -

* Nevius' Garlic ?: Allium nevii (Synonym: Allium douglasii var. nevii) -

* Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum -

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica -

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii -

* Northern Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum (var. leianthemum ?) -

* Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. douglasii -

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum -

* Spring Beauty: Claytonia lanceolata -

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum -

* Plantain-leaved Buttercup: Ranunculus alismaefolius var. hartwegii -

* Holboell's Rockcress: Arabis holboellii var. retrofracta -

* Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica var. nidifica (Synonym: Saxifraga integrifolia var. leptopetala) -

* Wax Currant: Ribes cereum -

* Sticky Gooseberry: Ribes viscosissimum -

* Watson Gooseberry: Ribes watsonianum -

* Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum

* Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata - Fading out of bloom.

* Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa -

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus caudatus -

* Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. latifolius -

* Hooked-spur Violet: Viola adunca -

* Geyer's Desert Parsley: Lomatium geyeri -

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium gormanii -

* Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum -

* Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens -

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens -

False Mermaidweed: Floerkea proserpinacoides -

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis -

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa -

* Dwarf Hesperochiron: Hesperochiron pumilus -

* Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum -

* Trumpet Bluebells: Mertensia longiflora -

* Shrubby Penstemon: Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus -

Gairdner's Penstemon: Penstemon gairdneri var. -

* Mountain Snowberry ?: Symphoricarpos oreophilus - ?

* Stoloniferous Everlasting: Antennaria flagellaris -

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia -

Mountain Big Sagerush: Artemisia tridentata var. vaseyana -

* Hooker's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri -

* Arrowleaf Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sagittata -

* Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis -

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus -

Arrowleaf Butterweed: Senecio triangularis -

A mass of heart-leaved arnica in bloom in burned coniferous woods along Reecer Creek Road in the Wenatchee N.F.................June 5, 2009.

A mass of heart-leaved arnica in bloom in burned coniferous woods along Reecer Creek Road in the Wenatchee N.F.................June 5, 2009.

Paul Slichter