[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge: 2010]

Wildflowers Currently in Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Upper Swale Canyon (Accessed from Harms Road)

March 18, 2010

Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

Columbia Desert Parsley (Lomatium columbianum) as seen in Upper Swale Canyon........................March 22, 2009.

Today the weather was in the low to upper 50s with sunny skys and very light winds.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Complete Klickitat Trail: Upper Swale Canyon Plant List.

Common Horsetail: Equisetum hyemale

Western Polypody: Polypodium hesperium ?

Nebraska Sedge: Carex nebrascensis ?

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegeneria spicata

Medusa-head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa - Small trees planted along the old railroad bed.

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

* Willow #1: Salix sp.

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum ?

* Scilla-like Onion: Allium scilloides

Camas: Camassia sp.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora (ssp. ?)

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (var. douglasii)

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum (var. proliferum?)

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata (ssp. perfoliata?)

Water Chickweed: Montia fontana

* Lineleaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

Meadow Buttercup: Delphinium distichum

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum - In bud.

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

Wintercress: Barbarea sp.

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera

Daggerpod: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum

* Clayton's Saxifrage, Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica var. claytoniaefolia

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia (var. ?)

Hawthorn: Crataegus sp.

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor

Sulphur Cinqueflower: Potentilla recta ?

Douglas' Spiraea: Spiraea douglasii (var. ?)

Milkvetch: Astragalus (hoodianus or reventiformis)

Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus (var. aridus ?)

Columbia Gorge Lupine?: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus?

Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Klamath Weed: Hypericum perforatum

Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana (var. procera ?)

* Canby's Desert Parsley: Lomatium canbyi

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

Fernleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum (var. ?)

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Yellow-flowered form.

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum

Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri ssp. borealis ?

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii

Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

Annual Polemonium: Polemonium micranthum

Ballhead Desert Parsley: Hydrophyllum capitatum (var. thompsonii?)

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

Variedleaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla

Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus

Speedwell: Veronica sp.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

Chicory: Cichorum intybus

Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis ?

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosum

Gumweed: Grindelia (columbiana?)

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri (var. cynoglossoides?)

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus (var. ?)

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen During This Hike:

Mule Deer (14 does)

California Ground Squirrels

Yellow-bellied Marmots

Meadow Vole

Bald Eagle

Rough-legged Hawk

Harriers

Northern Flickers

Magpies

Common Ravens

American Robins

Townsend's Solitaire

Spotted Towhees

Horned Larks

Starling

Red-winged Blackbirds

Western Meadowlarks

Killdeer

Mallards

Chukar

Canyon Wrens

Dark-eyed Juncos

Frogs croaking

Pacific Tree Frog

Large Bumblebee (yellow thorax, black abdomen)

Woolly-bear ? caterpillars (munching on Olsynium douglasii)


Paul Slichter