[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge: 2010]

Wildflowers Currently in Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Klickitat State Wildlife Recreation Area (Hike cross country from the end of the Old Headquarters Road to the Soda Springs Road and downhill to Soda Springs)

April 30, 2010

Wildflower bloom along the Soda Springs Road in the Klickitat Wildlife Area..............April 30, 2010.

A slope filled with newly blooming wildflowers along Soda Springs Road in the Klickitat State Wildlife Recreation Area..................April 30, 2010. Columbia Gorge lupine (Lupinus latifolius x sericeus), Carey's balsamroot (Balsamorhiza careyana), showy phlox (Phlox speciosa), Suksdorf's desert parsley (Lomatium suksdorfii), and Hood River milkvetch (Astragalus hoodianus) are just some of the flowers beginning to bloom there..

Today the weather was in the mid to high 50s with clear, sunny skies and a stiff wind from the north in exposed locations!

Relatively complete wildflower list for the Klickitat Wildlife Area.

Wolfbane Lichen: Letharia vulpina

Field Horsetail: Equisetum arvense

Brittle Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii

Bigleaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

White Alder: Alnus rhombifolia

California Hazelnut: Corylus cornuta var. californica

* Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Black Cottonwood: Populus trichocarpa

* Douglas' Sedge: Carex douglasii

* Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Long-anthered Woodrush: Luzula macrantha

* Soft Brome: Bromus hordeaceus ssp. hordeaceus

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis

* Bulbous Blue Grass: Poa bulbosa

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bud.

Green-banded Mariposa Lily: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. grandiflorum

* Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum

* Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflorum ssp. howellii

* Panicled Death Camas: Zigadenus paniculatus

* Striped Coralroot: Corallorhiza striata

* Mountain Lady Slippers: Cypripedium montanum

* Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

* Red Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. rubra

* Lineleaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

* Bigleaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophylla

Soapweed: Saponaria officinalis

Menzie's Catchfly: Silene menziesii

* Chickweed: Stellaria media

* Oregon Anemone: Anemone oregana

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Rough Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum

* Fringepods: Thysanocarpus curvipes

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

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

Straggly Currant: Ribes divaricatum ?

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Black Hawthorn: Crataegus douglasii

* Woods Strawberry: Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata

Sulfur Flower Cinquefoil: Potentilla recta ?

Chokecherry: Prunus virginianus var. melanocarpa - In bud.

Litle Wild Rose: Rosa gymnocarpa

Douglas' Spiraea: Spiraea douglasii (var. ?)

* Hood River Milkvetch: Astragalus hoodianus

* Few-flowered Pea: Lathyrus pauciflorus var. pauciflorus

* Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus

Velvet Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus ?

Alfalfa: Medicago sativa

* Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Deer Brush: Ceanothus integerrimus

Cutleaf Violet: Viola sheltonii

Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea

Chervil: Anthriscus caucalis

Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

* Fernleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. dissectum

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Suksdorf's Desert Parsley: Lomatium suksdorfii

* Broadnineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. anomalum -

* Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens

* Pacific Dogwood: Cornus nuttallii

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea

Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea

Flytrap Dogbane: Apocynum androsmaefolium

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum

Broadleaf Star Flower: Trientalis latifolia

Field Bindweed: Calystegia arvensis

Night-blooming Morning Glory: Calystegia atriplicifolia ssp. atriplicifolia ?

* Baker's Linanthus: Leptosiphon bolanderi (Synonym: Linanthus bakeri)

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

* Ballhead Desert Parsley: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

* Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata

* Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa

* Common Cryptanth: Cryptantha intermedia

* Weak-stemmed Cryptanth: Cryptantha flaccida

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale

* Yellow and Blue Forget-me-not: Myosotis discolor

* Scouler's Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys scouleri

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus - In bud.

Penstemon: Penstemon attenuatus or P. humilis

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii

Lance-leaf Figwort: Scrophularia lanceolata ?

* Corn Speedwell: Veronica arvensis

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea

* Cleavers, Annual Bedstraw: Galium aparine

Shrubby Bedstraw: Galium multiflorum ?

* Man Root, Wild Cucumber: Marah oreganus

Elderberry: Sambucus sp. - Probably blue elderberry.

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus

* Long-spurred Plectritis: Plectritis ciliosa

* Rosy Plectritis: Plectritis congesta ?

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Spearleaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa

* Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

* Field Pussytoes ?: Antennaria howellii ssp. neodioica

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

Riverbank Wormwood: Artemisia lindleyana ?

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana ?

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

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

* Slender Tarweed: Madia gracilis

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

* Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale


View from the Soda Springs Road northwest towards the Klickitat River............April 30, 2010.The photo at right is a view from the Soda Springs Road northwest towards the Klickitat River. Soda Springs is the flat area to the left of the bend in the river. Photographed on April 30, 2010.

Animals Seen During This Hike:

Western Gray Squirrel

Turkey Vultures

Coopers Hawk

Kestrel

Common Mergansers

Ravens

Stellers Jays

Western Meadowlarks

Robins

Western Tanager - calling

Spotted Towhees - calling

Dark-eyed Juncos

Red-breasted Nuthatches

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Nashville Warblers

Black-throated Gray Warblers

Vauxs Swifts

Western Fence Lizards ?

Anise Swallowtail

Indra Swallowtail

Western Swallowtail

California Tortoiseshells

Propertius Duskywings

Sara's Orangetip

Ochre Ringlet

Blue - unidentified

Bumblebees: Bombus sp.


Paul Slichter