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

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

Memaloose State Park

March 23, 2014

Oregon Meconella: Meconella oregana

Oregon Meconella: Meconella oregana

* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Weather: Temps mid 50s to low 60s under beautiful, clear skies and very light winds.

Red Glossy Bryum Moss: Bryum miniatum

Juniper Haircap Moss: Polytrichum juniperinum

Awned Hairycap Moss: Polytrichum pilferum

Elongate Racomitrium Moss: Racomitrium (elongatum ?)

Wallace's Spikemoss: Selaginella wallacei

Podfern: Aspidotis densa

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

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 - Buds swelling.

Red Osier Dogwood: Cornus sericea

Black Cottonwood: Populus trichocarpa - Some trees with new leaves and pollen catkins along the freeway!

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

* Long-anthered Woodrush: Luzula macrantha

Bristly Dog's-tail Grass: Cynosurus echinatus

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Bulbous Blue Grass: Poa bulbosa

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa leibergii

Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicatum

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus - Basal leaves.

Ookow, Ball-head Cluster Lily: Dichelostemma congestum - Basal leaves

* Pale-anther Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. pallidum - Beginning to bloom.

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

Deathcamas: Toxicoscoridion sp. - Basal leaves.

Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora ssp. howellii - Basal leaves.

Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina - Basal leaves.

* 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 or one of the other 3 rein orchids)

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata

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

* Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum - A few plants with flower buds.

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

American Wintercress: Barbarea orthoceras - In bud.

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Scalepod: Idahoa scapigera

* Dutchman's Breeches: Dicentra cucullaria

Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii - In bud.

Broad-leaf Stonecrop: Sedum spathulifolium

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Smooth Praire Star: Lithophragma glabrum

* Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica var. claytoniifolia

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Beginning to leaf out.

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Leafing out.

Trailing Blackberry: Rubus ursinus

Steeple Bush: Spiraea douglasii (var. menziesii ?) - Beginning to leaf out.

Common Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus

Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus micranthus ? - Small annual: Basal leaves only.

Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum

Vetch: Vicia sp.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversiloba

Chervil: Anthriscus scandicina

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum (yellow-flowered form)

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi - Fading out of bloom.

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Beginning to bloom.

Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - Leaves coming up.

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii - In bud.

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

Variedleaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Large-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia grandiflora

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Few-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia sparsiflora

Moth Mullein: Verbascum blatteria

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

Bedstraw: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus - Beginning to leaf out.

Teasel: Dipsacus sylvestris

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Northwestern Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza deltoidea (or B. careyana?, or a hybrid between the two?) - Beginning to bloom.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

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

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus (var. exaltatus ?)


Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

California Ground Squirrels

Turkey Vultures

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawks

Canada Geese

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpeckers

Lewis' Woodpecker

Ravens

Scrub Jays

Western Meadowlarks

Spotted Towhees

American Robins

Townsend Solitaire

Western Bluebirds

Dark-eyed Juncos

Black-capped Chickadees

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Western Fence Lizards


Paul Slichter