[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington: 2015]

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

May 24, 2015

Brooks Memorial State Park (US 97 near Satus Pass)

Bog Deervetch, Meadow Bird's-foot Trefoil, Meadow Deervetch: Lotus pinnatus (Synonyms: Hosackia pinnata, Lotus bicolor)

Bog Deervetch, Meadow Bird's-foot Trefoil, Meadow Deervetch (Lotus pinnatus) as seen in a small stream at Brooks Memorial State Park...........May 19, 2014.

Weather: Partly cloudy with a light breeze, averaging 5-10 mph. Temps in the mid to upper 60s. Thunderstorms heard and viewed several miles north along the northern edge of the Simcoe Mountains.


* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

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

Cowpie Lichen: Diploschistes muscorum

Antlered Perfume: Evernia prunastri

Brown-eyed Sunshine Lichen: Vulpicida canadensis

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Ferriss' Scouring Rush: Equisetum xferrissii (E. hyemale x laevigatum)

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.

* Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

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

* One-spike Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata - Beginning to bloom.

* Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

* Prairie Junegrass: Koeleria macrantha

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata - Beginning to bloom.

* Medusa Head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

* North African Grass: Ventenata dubia

* Brome Fescue: Vulpia (bromoides ?)

Grand Fir: Abies grandis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - In bud.

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Black Cottonwood: Populus trichocarpa

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Mackenzie Willow: Salix prolixa

Coyote Willow: Salix exigua

Lilac: Syringia sp.

* Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - Beginning to bloom.

* Nevius' Onion: Allium nevii - Beginning to bloom.

Long-bearded Mariposa: Calochortus longebarbatus var. longebarbatus

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

* Common Camas: Camassia quamash ssp. quamash - Fading out of bloom.

Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum - Past bloom.

Columbia Lily: Lilium columbianum - In bud.

* False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule

Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum

Panicle Death Camas: Toxicoscordion paniculatus - Fruits maturing.

* Meadow Death Camas: Toxicoscordion venonosus ssp. venonosus

* Bicolor Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora

* Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina - Beginning to bloom.

Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum - Past bloom.

* Spotted Coralroot: Corallorhiza maculata

* Striped Coralroot: Corallorhiza striata

* Mountain Lady Slippers: Cypripedium montanum - Beginning to bloom.

Rein Orchid: Piperia sp.

* Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - Both cream and yellow-flowered forms.

* Rock Buckwheat: Eriogonum sphaerocephalum var. sublineare

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum - Some plants in bud.

* Douglas Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Close-flowered Knotweed: Polygonum polygaloides (ssp. confertiflorum ?) - Beginning to bloom.

Willow Dock: Rumex triangulivalvis

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

Spring Water Chickweed: Montia fontana

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

Large-leaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophylla

* Menzie's Catchfly: Silene menziesii

Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

* Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum - Fading out of bloom.

* Little Buttercup: Ranunculus uncinatus

Western Meadowrue: Thalictrum occidentale

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens - Fruits forming.

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii - Still blooming only where moist.

* Rough Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum

Fringepods: Thysanocarpus curvipes - Pods visible.

Wormleaf Stonecrop: Sedum stenopetalum

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum - Fading out of bloom.

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

Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia var. cusickii - Fruits maturing.

Suksdorf's Hawthorn: Crataegus suksdorfii

* Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana ssp. platypetala

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor - In bud.

Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa var. glandulosa

Bitter Cherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

* Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa - Fading out of bloom.

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata

* Thimbleberry: Rubus parviflorus

Annual Burnet: Poteridium occidentale ?

* Few-flowered Pea: Lathyrus pauciflorus

* Nevada Deervetch: Lotus nevadensis

* Bog Deervetch: Lotus pinnatus

American Bird's-foot Clover: Lotus unifoliolatus

* Sickle-keel Lupine: Lupinus albicaulis ?

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus

Velvet Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus - In bud along the park road.

* Wyeth Lupine: Lupinus wyethii ? - Beginning to bloom.

Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum

* American Vetch: Vicia americana

* Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - Leaves still visible.

Mahala Mat: Ceanothus prostratus

Snowbrush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus - In bud.

* Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum (var. incisum ?)

Oregon Checker-mallow: Sidalcea oregana var. procera - In bud.

Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium

Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea - In bud.

Tall Annual Evening Primrose: Epilobium brachycarpum

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 - In bud.

Pine Drops: Pterospora andromedea - Last years' stalks.

White-vein Pyrola: Pyrola picta - A few plants in bud, including leafless individuals.

* Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana

Flytrap Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium

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

Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis var. gracilis

Prickly Navarretia: Navarretia intertexta (var. ?)

Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa - Fading out of bloom.

Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum - Past bloom.

Variedleaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla (var. heterophylla ?)

* Weak-stemmed Cryptanth: Cryptantha flaccida

* Cryptanth: Cryptantha sp.

* Yellow and Blue Scorpiongrass: Myosotis discolor

* Little Combseed: Pectocarya pusilla

* Matted Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys scouleri var. penicellatus

* Narrowleaf Skullcap: Scutellaria angustifolia ssp. angustifolia

* Oblong Bluecurls: Trichostemma oblongum

* Hairy Paintbrush: Castilleja tenuis - Beginning to bloom.

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Common Monkeyflower: Erythranthe guttatus - Beginning to bloom.

* Tapertip Penstemon: Penstemon attenuatus - Beginning to bloom.

Lowly Penstemon: Penstemon humilis - In bud.

* Purslane Speedwell: Veronica peregrina var. xalpensis

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora

* Cleavers: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

Northern Bedstraw: Galium boreale

Fragrant Bedstraw: Galium triflorum

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var.

Rare-flowered Heterocodon: Heterocodon rariflorum

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - In bud.

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla

* Spearleaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

* Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria rosea - Beginning to bloom.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

* Twin Arnica: Arnica sororia - The hairs at the base of the basal leaf petioles of the former species was not confirmed, although stems are fairly stout and the stem leaves are larger than those of the latter species.

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza careyana

Hooker's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hookeri - Past bloom.

Hybrid Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana x hookeri - Past bloom.

* Silvercrown: Cacaliopsis nardosmia - Fading out of bloom.

Tumble Knapweed: Centaurea diffusa

Dustymaidens: Chaenactis doulgasii var. douglasii - In bud.

* Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia

* Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis

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

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

California Rayless Daisy: Erigeron inornatus

* Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis

Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicuua ?

Rough-leaved Aster: Eurybia radulina

* Least Tarweed: Hemizonella minima

White-flowered Hawkweed: Hieracium albiflorum - In bud.

Meadow Hawkweed: Hieracium cespitosum - In bud near the park headquarters

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri var. cynoglossoides

Cut-leaf Silverpuffs: Microseris laciniata (var. ?)

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides - Seed heads evident.

Columbia Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma carthamoides var. carthamoides - In bud.

* Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus - Fading out of bloom.

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Salsify: Tragopogon dubius

* Northern Wyethia: Wyethia amplexicaulis - Fading out of bloom.


Animals Seen in Brooks Memorial State Park:

Pale Swallowtails

Great Arctics

Ochre Ringlets

Checkerspot

Duskywings

Boisduval Blues

Square-spotted Blues

Silvery Blues

Ravens

 

Northern Flickers

Spotted Towhees

Black-headed Grosbeaks

Western Meadowlarks

Western Tanagers

Western Bluebirds

Western Wood Peewees

Chipping Sparrows

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Juncos

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadees

Vaux's Swifts

Violet-green Swallows

House Wrens

Western Fence Lizards

California Ground Squirrels

Douglas Squirrels


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