[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2010]

[Wildflower Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

The Labyrinth and Coyote Wall

April 10, 2010

View upstream towards Lyle, WA from the Labyrinth..........February 28, 2010.

A view upstream towards Lyle, WA from the Labyrinth.............February 28, 2010. The Columbia Hills may be seen at center distance while Memaloose is at right. Catherine Creek is just off the left edge of the photo.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Complete plant list for the Coyote Wall and Labyrinth.

 

Wolfbane Lichen: Letharia vulpina

Wallace's Spikemoss: Selaginella wallacei

Podfern: Aspidotis densa

Gold-back Fern: Pentagramma triangularis

Licorice Fern: Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Imbricate Sword Fern: Polystichum imbricans

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii

White Alder: Alnus rhombifolia

* Big-leaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Willow: Salix sp.

* Common Woodrush: Luzula multiflora (L. campestris v. congesta)

Bristly Dog's-tail Grass: Cynosurus echinata

Bulbous Blue Grass: Poa bulbosa

Medusa Head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Sagebrush Mariposa Lily: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

Ball-head Cluster Lily: Dichelostemma congestum

* Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. grandiflorum

* Chocolate Lily: Fritillaria affinis

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - A few plants still in bloom.

* Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora ssp. howellii

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (Synonym: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii) - A few plants still in bloom.

* Common Bastard Toad-flax: Comandra umbellata var. californica

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. tenue

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum

Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

* Streambank Springbeauty: Claytonia parviflora ssp. parviflora

* Cuban Spinach: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata

* Dwarf Miner's-lettuce: Montia dichotoma

* Lineleaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Chickweed: Stellaria media

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* California Poppy: Eschscholzia californica

* Mouse-ear Cress: Arabidopsis thaliana

* Hairy Bitter Cress: Cardamine hirsuta ?

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii (formerly Cardamine pulcherrima var. pulcherrima)

* Spring Whitlow Grass: Draba verna

Fringepods: Thysanocarpus curvipes

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera (Synonym: Lithophragma glabrum)

* Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum (Synonym: Lithophragma glabra)

* Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica var. claytoniifolia - Beginning to bloom.

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia - Beginning to bloom.

* Western Saxifrage: Saxifraga occidentalis - Beginning to bloom.

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

* Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia var. cusickii

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana (var. melanocarpa ?)

Pearhip Rose: Rosa woodsii var. ultramontana

Himalayan Blackberry: Rubus armeniacus

Annual Burnet: Sanguisorba annua

* Woollypod Milkvetch: Astragalus purshii

* Bicolored Lupine: Lupinus bicolor

* Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus - A few plants beginning to bloom.

Alfalfa: Medicago sativa ?

* Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum

* Small-head Clover: Trifolium microcephalum

* Sand Clover: Trifolium tridentatum

Vetch: Vicia sp.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Geranium: Geranium sp.

* Valley Yellow Violet: Viola vallicola (V. nuttallii var. vallicola)

Deer Brush: Ceanothus integerrimus

Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversilobum

Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea

* Small-flowered Willowherb: Epilobium minutum

* Burr Chervil: Anthriscus caucalis

Queen Anne's Lace: Daucus carota

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum - Fading out of bloom.

* Fern-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum (var. dissectum ?)

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayii

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Yellow-flowered form.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

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

Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri

Western Snake Root: Sanicula crassicaulis

* Sierra Snake Root: Sanicula graveolens

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana - A few plants in bud.

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum

* Baby Stars: Linanthus bicolor

* Baker's Linanthus: Linanthus bolanderi

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii

* Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

Wood's Nemophila: Nemophila parviflora

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

Varileaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla - A few plants with flower heads in bud.

* Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale

* Rusty Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys nothofulvus

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Henbit: Lamium amplexicaule

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Few-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia sparsiflora

* Common Monkey Flower: Mimulus guttatus - Beginning to bloom.

* Dwarf Owl-clover: Triphysaria pusilla (Orthocarpus pusillus)

Barrett's Penstemon: Penstemon barrettiae

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii

* Small-flowered Tonella: Tonella tenella

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora

English Plantain: Plantago lanceolata

* Bedstraw, Cleavers: Galium aparine

Blue Elderberry: Sambucus mexicana

Snowberry: Symphoricarpos sp.

* Long-spurred Plectritis: Plectritis ciliosa

* White-flowered Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera

* Big Root: Marah oreganus

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla

Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

Northwest Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza deltoidea - A few with flower heads in bud.

Knapweed: Centaurea sp.

Bachelor's Button: Centaurea cyanus - A few plants in bud.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Columbia Goldenweed: Ericameria resinosa

Woolly Sunflower: Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium

Hairy False Goldenaster: Heterotheca villosa

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

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

Slender Cudweed: Pseudognaphalium canescens ?

Western Grounsel: Senecio integerrimus var. ochroleucus - In bud.

* Common Groundsel: Senecio vulgaris

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen at Catherine Creek:

Double-crested Cormorants (Rowland Lake)

Ring-billed Ducks (Rowland Lake)

Osprey (building nest between Rowland Lake and the Columbia River)

Bald Eagle ppp

Red-tailed Hawks

Kestrels

Common Ravens

Western Meadowlark

Northern Flickers

Downy Woodpecker

American Robins

Western Bluebirds

House Finches

Dark-eyed Juncos

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Western Fence Lizard

Gopher Snake

Pond Frogs croaking

Sara's Orangetip

Large Bumblebees: Bombus sp.

Small native bees on Lomatium grayi

Hoover Flies


View uphill from near the base of the Labyrinth, mid-Columbia River Gorge............February 28, 2010. - Waterfall at the base of the Labyrinth.............February 28, 2010. - View downhill from mid-elevation at the Labyrinth...............February 28, 2010.

Additional views fro the Labyrinth in the mid-Columbia River Gorge.................February 28, 2010. The photo at left shows a biking/hiking trail climbing through the center of the Labyrinth. The photo at center shows a vernal waterfall along Old Highway 8 (now closed to auto traffic) while the photo at right shows a view downhill towards Mosier, OR across the Columbia River.

Slichter