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

[Wildflower Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Labyrinth

February 28, 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 Coyote Wall/Labyrinth Plant List.

Wallace's Spikemoss: Selaginella wallacei

Podfern: Aspidotis densa

Lace Lipfern: Cheilanthes gracillima

Gold-back Fern: Pentagramma triangularis

Licorice Fern: Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Imbricate Sword Fern: Polystichum imbricans ?

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum

Oregon Cliff Fern: Woodsia oregana ?

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa -

Alder: Alnus sp.

California Hazelnut: Corylus cornuta var. californica ?

Big-leaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Willow: Salix sp.

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

Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

Bristly Dog's-tail Grass: Cynosurus echinata

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Blue Grass: Poa sp.

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Medusa Head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Sagebrush Mariposa Lily: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus ?

Ball-head Cluster Lily: Dichelostemma congestum

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - A few plants beginning to bloom.

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (Synonym: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii)

Rein Orchid: Piperia sp. - Basal leaves only.

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum -

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum - Basal leaves only seen.

Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

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

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva

Chickweed: Stellaria media - A few plants in bud.

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis

Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

California Poppy: Eschscholzia californica

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

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma

* Spring Whitlow Grass: Draba verna

* Smooth Praire 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

Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia (var. ?)

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor -

Deervetch: Lotus sp.

Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus

Hare's Foot Clover: Trifolium arvense

Vetch: Vicia sp.

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Klamath Weed: Hypericum perforatum

Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversilobum

Burr Chervil: Anthriscus caucalis

Queen Anne's Lace: Daucus carota

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayii

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Yellow-flowered form.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

Western Snake Root: Sanicula crassicaulis

Narrow-leaf Milkweed: Asclepias fascicularis

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana

Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum

Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii

Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

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

Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa

Henbit: Lamium amplexicaule- A few in bloom.

Narrow-leaved Skullcap: Scutellaria angustifolia ssp. angustifolia

Common Monkey Flower: Mimulus guttatus

Barrett's Penstemon: Penstemon barrettiae

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii

English Plantain: Plantago lanceolata

Bedstraw, Cleavers: Galium aparine

Elderberry: Sambucus sp.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

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

Knapweed: Centaurea sp.

Chicory: Cichorum intybus

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Columbia Goldenweed: Ericameria resinosa

Hairy False Goldenaster: Heterotheca villosa

Hawkweed: Hieracium sp.

Slender Cudweed: Pseudognaphalium canescens ?

Western Grounsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen at Catherine Creek:

Mule Deer (tracks on trails)

California Ground Squirrels

Bald Eagles (Adult and immature)

Red-tailed Hawks

Common Ravens

Western Meadowlark

Northern Flickers

Steller Jays

Scrub Jays

Western Bluebirds

Canyon Wrens

Black-capped Chickadees

Tree Frogs

Pond Frogs croaking

California Tortoiseshells

Large Bumblebees: Bombus sp.

Black Flies - on Columbia Desert Parsley

Bumblebee Moth: (Hemaris diffinis?) - on Columbia Desert Parsley

Black beetle with orangish blotches on doggy dung


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