[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2016]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

Memaloose Trail (State Park and USFS Properties south of the Eastbound Interstate 84 Rest Area

March 2, 2016

Grass widows and goldstars blooming near the Memaloose Overlook........March 2, 2016.

A mass of goldstars and grass widows in bloom along the Memaloose Trali near the Memaloose Overlook off old Highway 30, Columbia River Gorge..........March 2, 2016.

* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Comprehensive Plant List for the Memaloose Area

Antlered Perfume: Evernia prunastri

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

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Big-leaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

* Hooker's Willow: Salix hookeriana - Both sexes in bloom.

* Scouler's Willow: Salix scouleriana ? - Honey bees using catkins for pollen gathering.

* Long-anthered Wood Rush: Luzula macrantha ? - Beginning to bloom.

Bristly Dog's-tail Grass: Cynosurus echinatus

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicatum - Common away from the cultivated fields areas that were heavily grazed.

Medusahead Wildrye: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

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

Pale-anther Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. pallidum - In bud.

Chocolate Lily: Fritillaria affinis - Basal leaves.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Nearing peak bloom.

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (old var. douglasii) - Nearing peak bloom.

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum

Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata

Red Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. rubra

* Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis - Beginning to bloom.

* Chickweed: Stellaria media - Beginning to bloom.

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum In bud.

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis - Beginning to bloom.

American Wintercress: Barbarea (orthoceras ?)

Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii - In bud.

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera

Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii - In bud.

* Fairy Poppy: Meconella oregana

* Smooth Praire Star: Lithophragma glabrum

* Peak Saxifrage: Micranthes fragosa - Beginning to bloom.

* Rustyhair Saxifrage: Micranthes rufidula

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia (var. cusickii ?) - Buds are swelling.

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor - Buds beginning to swell.

Common Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus - Leaves are coming up.

Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - A few plants in bud.

Vetch: Vicia sp.

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversiloba

Chervil: Anthriscus scandicina

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

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum (yellow-flowered form)

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

Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri

Western Snakeroot: Sanicula crassicaulis - Basal leaves.

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis ssp. columbiana - Leaves are peaking out of the ground.

Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - In bud.

Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata - Begining to bloom.

Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus - Basal leaves.

Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida var. hispida - Peaking out of the ground.

Large-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia grandiflora

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Dwarf Owl-clover: Triphysaria pusilla

Bedstraw: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - A few plants showing young, yellowish ray flowers.

Bachelor's Button: Centaurea cyanus

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Nearing peak bloom.

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

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus (var. exaltatus ?) - Basal leaves are up.


Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

Mule deer herd - or hybrids with black-tailed deer.

Red-tailed Hawks

Northern Flickers

Hairy Woodpecker

Lewis' Woodpeckers

Scrub Jays

Stellers Jays

Spotted Towhees

Western Bluebirds - Numerous and singing.

Dark-eyed Juncos

Uncles - Moths. Numerous.


Chatfield and Marsh Hills viewed from the east end of Memaloose (near Rowena Dell), Columbia River Gorge NSA........March 2, 2016. - View from Memaloose towards Catherine Creek, Columbia River Gorge NSA.......March 2, 2016.

A view east towards Rowena Dell, McCall Point and Sevenmile Hill from part of the Memaloose Loop Trail, Columbia River Gorge NSA........March 2, 2016. - View towards Catherine and Major Creeks from part of the Memaloose Loop Trail.......March 2, 2016.

Landscape views along the east end of the Memaloose Trali south of old Highway 30, Columbia River Gorge..........March 2, 2016.

Paul Slichter