John B. Yeon State Park
Wildflower bloom Along the lower trail to Elowah Falls and upper trail to McCord Creek Falls
April 2, 2005
Upper McCord Creek Falls, John B Yeon State Park, Columbia River Gorge.................April 2, 2005.
*1. False Solomon Seal: Smilacina racemosa - (Several up to a foot tall and well formed, a few in bloom.)
*2. Clasping-leaf Twisted Stalk: Streptopus amplexicaulis - A few beginning to bloom in moist areas along the lower trail near Elowah Falls.
*3. Wood Lily/ Trillium: Trillium ovatum - A number of plants in bloom.
*4. Fairy Slipper Orchid/ Deer's-head Orchid: Calypso bulbosa - A number in bloom along the lower trail.
*5. Field Chickweed: Cerastium arvense - A few in bloom on cliffs along the upper trail.
*6.Big-leaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophyllum - A few in bloom.
*7. Chickweed: Stellaria media - Common, especially along the road.
*8. Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata - A few in bloom.
*9. Candy Flower/ Siberian Spring Beauty: Claytonia (Montia) sibirica - Common.
10. Larkspur: Delphinium glareosum or D. menziesii - Almost in bloom.
*11. Western Meadow-rue: Thalictrum occidentale - A few in bloom at lower elevations.
*12. Bitter Cress: Cardamine hirsuta -
*13. Pennsylvania Bitter Cress: Cardamine pensylvanica ? - Several in bloom in moist areas along the lower trail near Elowah Falls.
*14. Slender Toothwort: Cardamine pulcherrima var. tenella - Scattered, but in full bloom.
*15. Shining Oregon Grape: Mahonia (Berberis) aquifolium - Fairly common in open areas.
*16. Cascade Oregon Grape: Mahonia (Berberis) nervosa - Mostly in bud, but a few flowers opening.
*17. Western Corydalis: Corydalis scouleri - A few in bloom, many nearly in bloom in moist areas near the end of the upper trail.
*18. Bleeding Heart: Dicentra formosa - A few in bloom.
*19. Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabra - A few in bloom.
*20. Western Saxifrage: Saxifraga occidentalis - Moderately common on moist cliff faces on the upper trail.
*21. Fringe Cup: Tellima grandiflora - A few beginning to bloom.
*22. Red-flowering Currant: Ribes sanguineum - Scattered but in full bloom.
*23. Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia - A few beginning to bloom along the upper trail in forest openings or along the cliff.
*24. Wood Strawberry: Fragaria vesca var. bracteata - A number in bloom in more open areas.
*25. Sour Cherry: Prunus cerasus - In bloom at lower to mid-elevations.
*26. Salmonberry: Rubus spectabilis - Fairly common bloom in moist areas near the end of the upper trail.
*27. Robert Geranium: Geranium robertianum - The first of multitudes of this terrible weed are beginning to bloom.
*28. Martindale's Desert Parsley: Lomatium martindalei -
*29. Douglasia: Douglasia laevigata - In bloom on cliffs above the upper trail.
*30. Cliff Paintbrush: Castilleja rupicola - A few small plants beginning bloom on cliffs along the upper trail.
*31. Columbia Kittentails: Synthyris stellata - Common on some steep, rocky slopes on the upper reaches of the upper trail.
*32. Red Elderberry: Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens - A few beginning to bloom.
*33. Scouler's Valerian: Valeriana scouleri - Fairly common, plants are small.
*34. Streambank Arnica: Arnica amplexicaulis ? - A few in bloom on the cliffs above the upper trail. From a distance, they looked like Crocidium multicaule, but on closer inspection (about 20 feet above me on the cliffs, they appeared as Arnica with a number of slender stem leaves.
Animals Seen or Heard: Golden-crowned Kinglets, Winter Wren, Pika.