[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge] [Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Bloom Reports for 2004]

[Wildflower Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

March 27, 2004

Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

Summit of the Dalles Mt. Road (in vicinity of Microwave Station)

Directions to the Dalles Mt. Road

*Indicates Plant is in bloom.

*1. Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica- Beginning to bloom out.

*2. Grass Widows: Sisyrinchium inflatum - Beginning to bloom out.

*3. Dalles Mt. Buttercup: Ranunculus reconditus - Less than a dozen left in bloom

*4. Chickweed: Stellaria media- A few in bloom.

*5. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna- Many in bloom.

*6. Canby's Desert Parsley: Lomatium canbyi- A few in bloom.

*7. Slender-fruit Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum - A few in bloom.

*8. Biscuit Root: Lomatium macrocarpum (white-flowered form)-

*9. Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule- A few in bloom.

*10. Salt and Pepper: Lomatium gormanii/ piperi- Numerous.

*11. Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis- Numerous.

*12. Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora- Numerous.

*13. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule -Many in bloom at the west end.


Wildflowers seen along the Dalles Mt. Road

Info for photographers: Along the lower sections of the road, the balsamroot is in full bloom. A good bloom of lupine amonst these balsamroot should be evident by next weekend!

*1. Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica: Fading below, in good bloom above.

*2. Spring Whitlow Grass: Draba verna: Common, especially at higher elevations.

*3. Fringe Pod: Thysanocarpus curvipes: Common at higher elevations.

*4. Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera - Fairly common near the Dalles Mt. Ranch

*5. Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabra - Fairly common.

*6. Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflora - Beginning bloom at lower elevations.

*7. Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia - A few in bloom at lower elevations.

*8. Woolly-pod Milk-vetch: Astragalus purshii - In full bloom at mid to upper elevations along the road.

9. Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus - Flower buds on racemes becoming visible.

*10. Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Beginning bloom at mid elevations.

*11. Filaree: Erodium cicutarium- A few in bloom.

*12. Pungent Desert Parsely: Lomatium grayi - Numerous bloom.

*13. Slender-fruit Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum- Numerous bloom.

*14. Biscuit Root: Lomatium macrocarpum - Both white and yellow flowered versions, not coommon.

*15. Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule- A few in bloom.

*16. Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi- A few in bloom.

*17. Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - Fairly numerous below in moist areas.

*18. Midget Phlox: Phlox (Microsteris) gracilis- Numerous.

*19. Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa - Beginning bloom at mid elevations.

*20. Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa- A few in bloom along the road.

*21. Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora- Numerous.

*22. White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - Fairly common.

*23. Big Root: Marah oreganus - A few in bloom at lower elevations.

*24. Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza deltoidea- Numerous.

*25. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule -Many in bloom at the west end.

*26. False Agoseris: Nothocalais (Microseris) troximoides - A few in bloom


Animals Seen along the Dalles Mt. Road:

1. Horned Lark- Many

2. Western Bluebirds- 2

3. Red-tailed Hawk (attacking 2 ravens)

4. Ravens- several pairs

4. Kestrel

5. Hawk

6. Yellow-crowned Kinglet


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