[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington: 2014]

Currently Blooming Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

May 11, 2014

Brooks Memorial State Park (US 97 near Satus Pass)

Wildflower Bloom at Brooks Memorial State Park, Satus Pass........May 11, 2014

Common camas (Camassia quamash) and barestem desert parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) blooming in one of the vernally moist meadows at the south end of Brooks Memorial State Park...........May 11, 2014. Note extra photos at the bottom of this page.

Weather: Partly cloudy with a light breeze, averaging 5 mph with occasional gusts to 10 mph. Temps in the upper 50s to low 60s.


* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

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Click here for a fairly comprehensive plant list for Brooks Memorial State Park

Western Dwarf Mistletoe: Arceuthobium campylopodum

Cowpie Lichen: Diploschistes muscorum

Antlered Perfume: Evernia prunastri

Tube Lichen: Hypogymnia sp.

Lichenized-Fungus: Leptogium sp.

Wolfbane Lichen: Letharia vulpina

Pelt Lichen: Peltigera sp.

Brown-eyed Sunshine Lichen: Vulpicida canadensis

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Field Horsetail: Equisetum arvense

Common Scouring-rush: Equisetum hyemale

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens

Water Moss: Fontinalis sp.

Haircap Juniper Moss: Polytrichum juniperinum

Polytrichum Moss: Polytrichum (pilferum ?)

Slender Rush: Juncus tenuis ? - In bud.

Rush: Juncus sp ?

* Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Lemmon's Needlegrass: Achnatherum lemmonii - Beginning to bloom.

One-spike Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Prairie Junegrass: Koeleria macrantha

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa leibergii

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Medusa Head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii

Alder: Alnus sp. - Barely leafing out.

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

* Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana - Beginning to leaf out and bloom.

Lilac: Syringia sp.

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bud.

Douglas' Onion: Allium nevii - Beginning to bloom.

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

* Common Camas: Camassia quamash (ssp. breviflora ?)

Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum - Past bloom.

Columbia Lily: Lilium columbianum

Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum - In bud.

Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina

* Panicle Death Camas: Zigadenus paniculatus

* Meadow Death Camas: Zigadenus venonosus ssp. venonosus

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum - One plant in bloom.

Striped Coralroot: Corallorhiza striata - In bud.

Mountain Lady Slippers: Cypripedium montanum - In bud.

Rein Orchid: Piperia sp.

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - In bud.

* Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. tenue - Beginning to bloom.

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

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

Dwarf Miner's Lettuce: Montia dichotoma ?

* Linearleaf Montia: Montia linearis - Fading out of bloom.

Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum - In bud.

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Western Meadowrue: Thalictrum occidentale

* Hairystem Rockcress: Arabis holboellii var. pinetorum ?

* Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

* American Wintergreen: Barbarea orthoceras

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii (formerly Cardamine pulcherrima var. pulcherrima) - A few plants still in bloom.

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Rough Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum

Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera - Pods only.

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera - Fading out of bloom.

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes fragosa - A few plants remain along streams.

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes integrifolia - Afew plants remain along streams.

* Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia var. cusickii

Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana ssp. platypetala

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor

Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa (var. ?)

* Bitter Cherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa - In bud.

* Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Beginning to bloom.

Thimbleberry: Rubus parviflorus

Annual Burnet: Poteridium occidentale ?

* Nevada Pea: Lathyrus nevadensis var. nevadensis ?

* Few-flowered Pea: Lathyrus pauciflorus

Nevada Deervetch: Lotus nevadensis

Bog Deervetch: Lotus pinnatus

American Bird's-foot Clover: Lotus unifoliolatus

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus - Beginning to bloom.

* Wyeth Lupine: Lupinus wyethii or Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus ? - Just beginning to bloom.

* Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Fading out of bloom.

Vetch: Vicia sp.

* Yellow Mountain Violet: Viola praemorsa (ssp. praemorsa ?)

* Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - One plant still in bloom.

* Mahala Mat: Ceanothus prostratus

Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum

Oregon Checker-mallow: Sidalcea oregana var. procera

Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium

Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea

Tall Annual Evening Primrose: Epilobium brachycarpum

Gormann's Desert Parsley: Lomatium gormannii or Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi - In fruit.

Gray-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum - Past bloom.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Nine Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium tridentatum var. triternatum

Common Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

Western Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis

Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri ssp. borealis

Pipsissewa: Chimaphila umbellata

Pine Drops: Pterospora andromedea - Last years' stalks.

White-vein Pyrola: Pyrola picta - A few plants in bud.

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana - In bud.

Flytrap Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium

Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Past bloom.

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - Fading out of bloom.

Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

Pricklly Navarretia: Navarretia intertexta

* Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

* Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum

Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata

* Blue Scorpiongrass: Myosotis micrantha

* Little Combseed: Pectocarya pusilla

* Matted Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys scouleri var. penicellatus

* Scouler's Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys scouleri var. scouleri

* Slender Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

Narrowleaf Owlclover: Castilleja attenuata ? or Dwarf Owlclover: Triphysaria pusilla ?

Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Tapertip Penstemon: Penstemon attenuatus - In bloom in a week or two?

* Purslane Speedwell: Veronica peregrina var. xalpensis

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora

* Cleavers: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

Fragrant Bedstraw: Galium triflorum

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - One plant left in bloom.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

* Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides ? - Beginning to bloom.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

Foothill Arnica: Arnica fulgens ? - In bud.

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza careyana

* Hooker's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hookeri

* Hybrid Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana x hookeri

* Silvercrown: Cacaliopsis nardosmia - Beginning to bloom.

Dustymaidens: Chaenactis doulgasii var. douglasii

Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis (intermedia ?)

* Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis

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

Bloom's Goldenweed: Ericameria bloomeri - New leaf growth.

Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicuua ?

Rough-leaved Aster: Eurybia radulina

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri var. cynoglossoides

Cut-leaf Silverpuffs: Microseris laciniata

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

Columbia Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma carthamoides var. carthamoides

Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus - Beginning to bloom.

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

* Northern Wyethia: Wyethia amplexicaulis - Beginning to bloom.


Animals Seen in Brooks Memorial State Park:

Anise Swallowtails

California Tortoiseshell

Sarah's Orangetips

Duskywing

Silvery Blues

Pine Elfins

Ravens

Turkey

Grouse

Northern Flickers

Spotted Towhee

Western Tanagers

Western Bluebirds

Western Wood Peewees

Chipping Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadees

Vaux's Swifts

Violet-green Swallows

Western Fence Lizards

California Ground Squirrels

Douglas Squirrels

Mule Deer - numerous


Wildflower Bloom at Brooks Memorial State Park, Satus Pass........May 11, 2014 - Wildflower Bloom at Brooks Memorial State Park, Satus Pass........May 11, 2014

Wildflower Bloom at Brooks Memorial State Park, Satus Pass........May 11, 2014 - Wildflower Bloom at Brooks Memorial State Park, Satus Pass........May 11, 2014 - Wildflower Bloom at Brooks Memorial State Park, Satus Pass........May 11, 2014
The photo at upper left shows a vernally moist meadow with Nevius' onion (Allium nevii) beginning to bloom. The photo at upper right shows a vernally moist meadow with meadow deathcamas (Toxicoscordion venonosum) beginning to bloom. The photo at lower left shows a bald with numerous bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) and Carey's balsamroot (Balsamorhiza careyana) blooming beneath an Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) which itself is beginning to leaf out and bloom. The photo at lower center shows a grassy meadow above the Environmental Learning Center at Brooks Memorial State Park. The photo at lower right shows a wetter meadow with numerous common camas blooming........May 11, 2014.

Paul Slichter