[Wildflower bloom in the Columbia River Gorge: 2011]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Klickitat Canyon

Company Road (from Wahkiacus to Beeks Canyon)

April 26, 2011

View north along the Klickitat River from the Company Road...........February 20, 2011.

A view north (upstream) along the Klickitat River from the Company Road...........February 20, 2011. The photo is taken about one-half mile upstream from Soda Springs (which is on the far bank). The hill on the horizon a the center of the photo is where the Glenwood Highway winds its way downhill towards the Leidl Park crossing of the river.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Field Horsetail: Equisetum arvense

Scouring-rush Horsetail: Equisetum hyemale

Imbricate Swordfern: Polystichum imbricans

Western Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens

Western Red Cedar: Thuja plicata

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

* Bigleaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

White Alder: Alnus rhombifolia

* Shiny Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Cascade Oregon Grape: Berberis nervosa

* Black Cottonwood: Populus trichocarpa ssp. balsamifera

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

* Willow: Salix sp.

Duckweed: Lemna minor

Pacific Rush: Juncus effusus (var. ?)

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa (leibergii ?)

Medusa-head: Taenitherum caput-medusae

American Water Plantain: Alisma plantago-aquatica

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - Several plants with flower buds.

Ookow: Dichelostemma congestum

* Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. grandiflorum -Fading out of bloom.

Rein Orchid: Piperia sp.

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

Willow Dock: Rumex salicifolius

Streambank Springbeauty: Claytonia parviflora

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

* Largeleaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophylla

Bouncing Bet: Saponaria officinalis

* Common Chickweed: Stellaria media

Western Clematis: Clematis ligusticifolia

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis

* Hairy Bittercress: Cardamine hirsuta

* Oak Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna

Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera - Pods forming.

Watercress: Nasturtium officinale

Wormleaf Stonecrop: Sedum stenopetalum

Thinleaved Alumroot: Heuchera grossulariifolia var. tenuifolia - Some plants forming flower buds.

* Bulblet Prairie Stars: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Small-flowered Prairie Stars: Lithophragma parviflorum

Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. claytoniifolia

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia

* Merten's Saxifrage: Saxifraga mertensiana

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

* Spreading Gooseberry: Ribes divaricatum

* Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier cusickii

Douglas' Hawthorn: Crataegus (douglasii ?)

Woods Strawberry: Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor

Sulphur Cinquefoil: Potentilla recta

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa

Himalayan Blackberry: Rubus armeniacus

Blackcap Raspberry: Rubus leucodermis

Thimbleberry: Rubus parviflorus

Trailing Pacific Blackberry: Rubus ursinus

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

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea

* Cutleaf Violet: Viola sheltonii

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Common St. John's Wort: Hypericum perforatum

Deerbrush: Ceanothus integerrimus

Mahala Mat: Ceanothus prostratus

Burr Chervil: Anthriscus caucalis

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

* Fernleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. dissectum

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayii

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Yellow-flowered form.

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Suksdorf's Desert Parsley: Lomatium suksdorfii

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

Western Snakeroot: Sanicula crassicaulis

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum

Broadleaf Star Flower: Trientalis latifolia

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa - Seen from a distance with binoculars.

Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

* Common Cryptanth: Cryptantha intermedia

Common Houndstongue: Cynoglossum officinale

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Dalmatian Toadflax: Linaria dalmatica

* Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus

Barrett's Penstemon: Penstemon barrettiae

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii v. richardsonii

* Small-flowered Tonella: Tonella tenella

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

* Cleavers: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

Bigroot: Marah oreganus

Blue Elderberry: Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea ?

Long-spur Plectritis: Plectritis ciliosa

White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium var. occidentalis - Some plants in bud.

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla

Pearly Everlasting: Anaphalis margaritacea ?

Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

* Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sp.

Canada Thistle: Cirsium arvense

Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare

* Spring Gold: Crocidium multicaule

Cotton-batting Plant: Gnaphalium chilense ?

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale


Animals Seen Along This Route:

Mule Deer

California Ground Squirrels

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawks

Canada Geese

Common Mergansers

Ravens

Crows

Northern Flickers

Belted Kingfishers

Scrub Jays

Stellers Jays

Spotted Towhees

Robins

Townsend's Solitaires

House Finches

Dark-eyed Juncos

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Canyon Wrens

Violet-green Swallows


View north along the Klickitat River from the Company Road...........February 20, 2011.

A view north (upstream) along the Klickitat River from the Company Road...........February 20, 2011. The high hillsides on the right bank are portions of the Soda Springs unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area.

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