[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2014]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

Klickitat Wildlife Area: Sondino Unit

April 3, 2014

Western buttercups blooming amongst the Oregon white oaks at the edge of a vernal pond in the Sondino Unit, Klickitat Wildlife Area.........April 3, 2014.

Western buttercups blooming amongst the Oregon white oaks at the edge of a vernal pond in the Sondino Unit, Klickitat Wildlife Area.........April 3, 2014.

* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

 

Note: This portion of the Klickitat Wildlife Area is restricted to individuals who have been permitted by the wildlife area manager due to its value as wildlife habitat for rare animal species. It is not open to the general public.

Weather: Overcast in the morning with thickening clouds leading to sprinkles by the afternoon. No wind. Temps in the morning in the upper 40s to mid-50s by the afternoon.

Cup Lichen: Cladonia sp.

Cowpie Lichen: Diploschistes muscorum

Antlered Perfume: Evernia prunastri

Wolf Lichen: Letharia vulpina

Pelt Lichen: Peltigera sp. - Brown.

Homalothecium Moss: Homalothecium sp.

Juniper Haircap Moss: Polytrichum juniperinum

Polytrichum Moss: Polytrichum pilferum

Elongate Racomitrium Moss: Racomitrium elongatum ?

Wallace's Spikemoss: Selaginella wallacei

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Licorice Fern: Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

* Bigleaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum - Beginning to bloom.

California Hazelnut: Corylus cornuta var. californica - Past bloom. Beginning to leaf out.

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Common Rush: Juncus effusus (var. ?)

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

* Silver Hair-grass: Aira caryophyllea

Prairie Junegrass: Koeleria macrantha

Reed Canarygrass: Phalaris arundinacea

* Bulbous Blue Grass: Poa bulbosa

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa leibergii

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Common Cattail: Typha latifolia

Ball-head Cluster Lily: Dichelostemma congestum (formerly Brodiaea congesta) - Basal leaves only.

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus ssp. macrocarpus

Common Camas: Camassia quamash var. breviflora - Many plants with well-formed flower buds.

Chocolate Lily: Fritillaria affinis - Many plants with well-formed flower buds.

Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina

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

Domestic Iris:

Rein-orchid: Piperia sp.

Hearleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata var. perfoliata

* Cushion Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. depressa

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva

* Dwarf Montia: Montia dichotoma

* Water Chickweed: Montia fontana var. tenerrima

* Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Chickweed: Stellaria media

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

Plantain-leaved Buttercup: Ranunculus alismifolius var. alismifolius

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Mousear Cress: Arabidopsis thaliana

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii - Fading out of bloom.

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma - Fading out of bloom except in shaded places.

* Spring Whitlow Grass: Draba verna

Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera - Pods visible.

* Fringepods: Thysanocarpus curvipes

* Smooth Praire Star: Lithophragma glabrum (Synonym: Lithophragma glabra)

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

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia

* Rustyhair Saxifrage: Saxifraga rufidula

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Beginning to leaf out.

Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia (var. ?) - In bud.

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor - Beginning to leaf out.

* Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus micranthus

Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus

Clover: Trifoliums sp.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Dovefoot Geranium: Geranium molle

Poison Oak: Rhus diversiloba - A few plants with signs they are about to leaf out.

Watson's Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum (ssp. watsonii ?)

Burr Chervil: Anthriscus caucalis

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum- Past peak bloom.

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayii

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum (yellow-flowered form)

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - Beginning to bloom.

Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi - Past bloom.

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum - Beginning to bloom.

Common Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri

Western Snakeroot: Sanicula crassicaulis

Columbia Frasera: Fraseria albicaulis var. columbiana

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - Beginning to bloom.

Common Babystars: Leptosiphon bicolor

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

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

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

*Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa

Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys hispidulus or P. scouleri

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

*Henbit: Lamium amplexicaule

Attenuate Paintbrush: Castilleja attenuata

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Few-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia sparsiflora

Common Monkey Flower: Mimulus guttatus

Cut-leaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii

Dwarf Owl-clover: Triphysaria pusilla ?

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea

Bedstraw, Cleavers: Galium aparine

* Big Root: Marah oreganus - Beginning to bloom.

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Spearleaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - A few plants beginning to bloom along Highway SR 14.

Bachelor's Buttons: Centaurea cyanus - Way too common.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Columbia Goldenweed: Ericameria resinosa

Hairy Goldaster: Heterotheca villosa

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus - Basal leaves only.

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

Mule Deer

California Ground Squirrels

Red-tailed Hawks

Cooper's Hawks

Turkey Vultures

Mallards

Wood Ducks

Turkeys

Lewis' Woodpeckers

Northern Flickers

Downy Woodpecker

Starlings

Red-winged Blackbirds

Common Ravens

Scrub Jays

American Robins

Townsend's Solitaire ?

Spotted Towhees

Dark-eyed Juncos

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Red-breasted Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatches

Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Black-crowned Chickadees

Violet-green Swallows

Garter Snakes

Western Pond Turtles

Bullfrogs - Croaking

Western Tree Frogs

Bumblebees

Native Bees


Paul Slichter