[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge: 2010]

Wildflowers Currently in Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Swale Canyon (From Harms Road to Wahkiacus)

A Klickitat Trail Conservancy bike ride.

April 17, 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.

Mexican Water-fern: Azolla mexicana ?

Duckweed: Lemna minor

Western Polypody: Polypodium hesperium ?

Medusa-head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

* Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora ssp. howellii

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (var. douglasii) - Fading out of bloom.

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum (var. proliferum?)

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

* Pale Montia: Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

Wintercress: Barbarea sp.

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Daggerpod: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

* Dutchman's Breeches: Dicentra cucullaria

Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia

* Merten's Saxifrage: Saxifraga mertensiana

* Golden Currant: Ribes aureum

* Straggly Currant: Ribes divaricatum

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

* Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia (var. cusickii ?)

Hawthorn: Crataegus sp.

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor

Milkvetch: Astragalus (hoodianus or reventiformis)

Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus (var. aridus ?)

* Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus - Blooming along the lower sections of Swale Canyon.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Klamath Weed: Hypericum perforatum

Mountain Hollyhock: Iliamna rivularis

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

* Fernleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum (var. ?)

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Yellow-flowered form.

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

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

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

* Ballhead Desert Parsley: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

Variedleaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Few-flowered blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia sparsiflora ?

* Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus

Sticky-stem Penstemon: Penstemon glandulosus var. chelanensis

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Hoary False Yarrow: Chaenactis douglasii

Chicory: Cichorum intybus

Hall's Goldenweed: Columbiadoria hallii

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Fading out of bloom.

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (ssp. speciosa ?)

Gumweed: Grindelia (columbiana?)

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus (var. ?)

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen During This Hike:

California Ground Squirrels

Yellow-bellied Marmots

Turkey Vulture

Harriers

Common Ravens

Steller's Jays

American Robins

Spotted Towhees

Red-winged Blackbirds

Western Meadowlarks

Mallards

Cinnamon Teals

Dark-eyed Juncos

Barn Swallows

Frogs croaking

Large Bumblebee (yellow thorax, black abdomen)

Woolly-bear ? caterpillars (munching on Olsynium douglasii)

Western Swallowtail

Mourning Cloaks

Propertius Duskywings


Paul Slichter