[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2018]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

Memaloose Trail (State Park and USFS Properties south of Eastbound I-84 Rest Area)

March 20, 2018

Mt. Hood and the orchards south of Mosier, OR as seen from atop Castilleja Hill, Memaloose Trail,,,,,,,,March 20, 2018.

Mt. Hood and the orchards south of Mosier, OR as seen from atop Castilleja Hill, Memaloose Trail,,,,,,,,March 20, 2018.

* 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

Imbricate Sword Fern: Polystichum imbricans ssp. imbricans

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

* Big-leaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum - A few plants beginning to bloom near the entrance to the Memaloose Rest Area.

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana -

* Long-anthered Woodrush: Luzula macrantha

Bristly Dog's-tail Grass: Cynosurus echinatus

* Leiberg's Blue Grass: Poa leibergii

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.

Ookow, Ball-head Cluster Lily: Dichelostemma congestum

* Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. grandiflorum

Chocolate Lily: Fritillaria affinis - In bud.

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

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

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

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

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum - In bud.

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Fringe Pod: Thysanocarpus curvipes

Broad-leaf Stonecrop: Sedum spathulatum

Dutchman Breeches: Dicentra cucullaria - In bud.

* Fairy Poppy: Meconella oregana - Early in their bloom season.

* Smooth Praire Star: Lithophragma glabrum

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

* Peak Saxifrage: Micranthes fragosa

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes integrifolia

* Nesting Saxifrage: Micranthes nidifica

* Rustyhair Saxifrage: Micranthes rufidula

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Beginning to leaf out.

Common Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus

Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum

Vetch: Vicia sp.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversiloba

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum - Fading out of bloom.

Fern-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. dissectum

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum (yellow-flowered form)

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

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

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

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Henbit: Lamium amplexicaule

* Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida var. hispida - Beginning to bloom atop Castilleja Hill.

* Large-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia grandiflora

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Dwarf Owl-clover: Triphysaria pusilla

Bedstraw: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

* Big Root: Marah oreganus

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus - Beginning to leaf out.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Beginning to bloom atop Castilleja Hill.

Bachelor's Button: Centaurea cyanus

Columbia Goldenweed: Columbiadora hallii

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Past their peak.

Woolly Sunflower: Eriophyllum lanatum var. lanatum

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

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus (var. exaltatus ?) - In bud.

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale


Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

Red-tailed Hawks

Northern Flicker

Stellers Jays

Spotted Towhees

Dark-eyed Juncos

California Tortoiseshell

Julia's Orangetip

Hoover Flies


View downstrea past Coyote Wall from the Memaloose Trail........March 20, 2018. - USAF transport practicing low level flying above the Columbia River as seen from Castilleja Hill (Chatfield Hill)........March 20, 2018.

A view downstreamalong the Columbia River past Coyote Wall from the Chatfield Road portion of the Memaloose Trail..........March 20, 2018. The photo at right shows a very low flying USAF C17 Globemaster below the elevation of Marsh Hill, viewed north towards the Major Creek Plateau.

Paul Slichter