[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2011]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Memaloose Overlook & Vicinity

April 8, 2011

Oregon Meconella: Meconella oregana

Oregon Meconella: Meconella oregana

* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Wallace's Spikemoss: Selaginella wallacei

Licorice Fern: Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Imbricate Sword Fern: Polystichum imbricans ssp. imbricans

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii

* Big-leaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum - Beginning to bloom.

* Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

* Long-anthered Woodrush: Luzula macrantha

Bristly Dog's-tail Grass: Cynosurus echinatus

Medusahead Wildrye: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bud.

Ookow, Ball-head Cluster Lily: Dichelostemma congestum

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Fading out of bloom.

Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora ssp. howellii - Several plants in bud.

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

Long-spurred Rein Orchid: Piperia elegans ? - (basal leaves only, so this could also be Piperia unalascensis)

Common Bastard Toad-flax: Commandra umbellata var. californica - In bud.

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum

* Streambank Springbeauty: Claytonia parviflora

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata

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

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva

* Water Chickweed: Montia fontana

* Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Chickweed: Stellaria media

* Shiny Starwort: Stellaria nitiens

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum - Beginning to bloom.

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Mouse-ear Cress: Arabidopsis thaliana

* Field Mustard: Brassica rapa

* Hairy Bittercress: Cardamine hirsuta ?

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Fringe Pod: Thysanocarpus curvipes

* Smooth Praire Star: Lithophragma glabrum

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum - Beginning to bloom.

* Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica var. claytoniifolia

* Rustyhair Saxifrage: Saxifraga rufidula

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Beginning to leaf out.

Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia var. cusickii - Beginning to leaf out & flower buds forming.

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor

Common Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus

Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Dovefoot Geranium: Geranium molle

Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversiloba

Chervil: Anthriscus scandicina

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum (yellow-flowered form)

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii - Beginning to bloom.

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata

* Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida var. hispida - A few plants beginning to show some color.

* Large-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia grandiflora

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Common Monkey Flower: Mimulus guttatus

Dwarf Owl-clover: Triphysaria pusilla (Orthocarpus pusillus)

English Plantain: Plantago lanceolata

* Bedstraw: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

* Big Root: Marah oreganus - Beginning to bloom.

* Rosy Plectritis: Plectritis congesta

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Northwestern Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza deltoidea (or B. careyana?) - Beginning to bloom.

Hairy Goldaster: Chrysopsis villosa

Columbia Goldenweed: Columbiadora hallii

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Columbia Goldenweed: Ericameria resinosa

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

* False Agoseris, Prairie Dandelion: Nothocalais troximoides


Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

Columbia Ground Squirrels

Great Blue Heron - In trees next to a large pond on the north side of Interstate 84.

Turkey Vultures

Scrub Jays

Western Bluebirds

Chipping Sparrows

Violet-green Swallows

Sagebrush Lizard?

Sara's Orangetips


Paul Slichter