April 11, 2008
Columbia Hills (Stacker Butte)
The photo above shows a close-up view of stony ground lupine (Lupinus saxosus) as seen in the Columbia Hills..................April 7, 2007.
Weather: Temperature - high 60s to low 70s. Mostly sunny with very light winds!
*1. Sandberg's Blue Grass: Poa sandbergii - ?
*2. Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum - Just beginning to bloom under the oak trees just below the north side of the summit ridge.
*3. Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica- Good bloom yet on the upper, north-facing slopes of the ridge.
4. Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum -
5.Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. tenue -
6. Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum -
7. Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum -
*8. Lance-leaf Springbeauty: Claytonia lanceolata -
*9. Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata (formerly Montia perfoliata)
10. Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva -
11. Franklin's Sandwort: Arenaria franklinii var. franklinii - No blooms yet.
*12. Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum - Just beginning to bloom at lower elevations.
*13. The Dalles Mt. Buttercup: Ranunculus reconditus - A few still in bloom at the highest elevations and on the north-facing slopes.
*14. Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii (formerly Cardamine pulcherrima var. pulcherrima) - Beginning to bloom under the oak trees.
*15. Douglas' Draba: Cusickiella doulgasii (Draba douglasii) - Still in fairly good bloom.
*16. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii -
17. Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera -Pods only.
*18. Dagger Pod: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides - Beginning to bloom at the higher elevations.
*19. Fringe Pod: Thysanocarpus curvipes - Still in bloom with lots of ripe seed pods.
*20. Bulblet prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera - In bloom at lower elevations.
21. Small-flowerd Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflora -In bud.
22. Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia - In bud.
23. Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia -
24. Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor -
*25. Woolly-pod Milk-vetch: Astragalus purshii - A few plants seen in bloom.
*26. Columbia Gorge Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus - Beginning to bloom along the Dalles Mt. Road.
27. Stony-ground Lupine: Lupinus polyphyllus var. saxosus - Several plants with racemes filled with buds.
*28. Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Many plants in bloom, although bloom at the higher elevations is a week or two away.
*29. Canby's Desert Parsley: Lomatium canbyi - A few still in bloom at the highest elevations. Mostly going to seed.
30. Salt and Pepper: Lomatium gormanii - A few plants in bloom at the highest elevations.
*31. Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi - Abundant bloom (very pungent fragrance) at lower to middle elevations.
*32. Slender-fruited Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum - Fairly common.
*33. Gray-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum - White flowered form (with a few yellow-flowered forms), fairly common above 2000'.
*34. Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - Small plants, but numerous bloom.
*35. Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi - A few plants still in bloom on the upper, north-facing slopes where snow lay late into the spring.
*36. Nine Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium tridentatum var. triternatum - Fairly common.
*37. Watson's Desert Parsley: Lomatium watsonii - Very much in bloom.
38. Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana - .
*39. Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Fairly good bloom at the highest elevations.
*40. Midget Phlox: Phlox gracilis (formerly Microsteris gracilis) - A few in bloom on middle elevation slopes.
*41. Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii- Beginning bloom at low and middle elevations.
*42. Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa- Beginning to bloom at middle elevations.
43. Little Bells Polemonium: Polemonium micranthum -
44. Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii -
*45. Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa - Small plants, not common yet.
*46. Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus -A few plants seen.
*47. Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida - A few dozen plants are now beginning to bloom in the moister soils along the road, above the parking area.
*48. Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora - Abundant at most elevations.
49. Hotrock Penstemon: Penstemon deustus var. variabilis -
50. Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus ? - Beginning to leaf out under the oak trees.
*51. White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - Beginning to bloom.
*52. Big Root, Wild Cucumber: Marah oreganus - Fairly abundant along the Dalles Mt. Road.
53. Yarrow: Achillea millefolium -
*54. Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha - Fairly common at all elevations.
*55. Arrow-leaf Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza sagittata (or Balsamorhiza deltoidea, I did not key them out.) - Plants are small but numerous below, just beginning to bloom at middle elevations.
56. Tumble Knapweed: Centaurea diffusa - A few basal rosettes of leaves found along the access road to the microwave towers (all at medium to higher elevations).
57. Hoary False Yarrow: Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii - Only basal rosettes of leaves seen.
58. Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis - Basal rosettes of leaves seen.
*59. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Abundant bloom only at the summit.
60. Columbia River Gumweed: Grindelia nana var. integrifolia - Leaves only, and old, withered stems from last year seen.
61. False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides (formerly Microseris troximoides) -
62. Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus -
1. Carnivorous Ground Beetles (standing on their heads!)
2. California Tortoiseshells (butterfly)
3. Blues (butterfly)
4. Western Green Hairstreak
5. Very large bumblebees (Bombus sp.)
6. Western Fence Lizards
8. Red-tailed Hawk
9. Harriers (Marsh Hawk)
10. Prairie Falcon
11. Horned Larks
12. Meadow Larks
13. American Robins
14. Says Phoebe
17. California Ground Squirrels