[The Shooting Stars of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star

Dodecatheon conjugens

Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum

Corolla of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of desert shooting star as seen along the Horsethief Butte Trail on the south side of Horsethief Butte..........March 11, 2006.

Flower of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)The photo at right shows desert shooting star from the hillsides above the east bank of the Deschutes River near its mouth..........March 30, 2002.
Characteristics:

Desert shooting star is an attractive perennial wildflower with a basal rosette of leaves and erect stem from 5-20 cm tall. The leaves are lanceolate to oblanceolate, spatulate, or obovate, 3-20 cm long, usually several times longer than wide, with entire margins and a smooth to lightly pubescent surface.

The 1-10 flowers have floral parts in fives, with the stigma not enlarged and the filaments are free, yellowish or purple, and usually not over 1-1.5 mm long. The anther connectives are strongly transversely wrinkled and from deep red to purple. The anthers are from 6-8 mm long. The tube at the base of the petals is yellowish with a wrinkled red ring. The corollas are 1-3 cm long. The reflexed petals are purplish.

Key identifying Characteristics:

1. Stem and leaves nonglandular.

2. Filaments only 1-1.5 mm long, giving the stamens the appearance of being very short.

3. In the Gorge, the filaments may be yellow or blackish.


Habitat:

Desert shooting star is a wildflower of seasonally moist open grasslands or sagebrush in the plains, foothills and montane zones of the west.


Range:

Desert shooting star may be found from the east slopes of the Cascade Mts. east to Alberta and Wyoming, north to British Columbia, and south to northern California.

In the Columbia River Gorge, it may be found from Rowland Lake east between the elevations of 200'-3000'.


Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - Flower of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

Close-ups of desert shooting star as seen from the Dancing Rock Property near the Columbia Hills State Park, Columbia River Gorge..........March 15, 2010.

Basal leaf of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - Flower of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - A flower of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - A flower of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

This group of photos show detailed close-ups of the leaves, flowers and whole plant of desert shooting star as seen in oak forest openings along the south side of Dillacort Creek, lower Klickitat River drainage.........April 3, 2011. With this species, the filament tube is generally not seen but a small portion of the yellow tube is seen just above the anthers in one of these photos. I wonder if this might represent an older flower (in other words, I wonder if the filament tube may become partially visible as the flower ages?).

Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

The photo at left shows desert shooting star blooming adjacent to the Memaloose Overlook, Columbia River Gorge.........March 23, 2014. The photo at right shows desert star from bluffs above and to the east of the Crawford Oaks trailhead at Columbia Hills State Park...........March 15, 2014.

Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

Flower of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - Flower of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum) - Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

Desert shooting stars blooming on vernally moist scabland slopes above the Crawford Oaks trailhead, Columbia Hills State Park..........March 3, 2015.

Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

Close-up of the flower of desert shooting star, from the mouth of the Deschutes River, Columbia River Gorge..........March 30, 2002.

Flower of Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

A second close-up of the flower of desert shooting star as seen from Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park............March 11, 2006.

Bonneville Shooting Star, Desert Shooting Star, Slimpod Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens (Synonyms: Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. leptophyllum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens ssp. viscidum, Dodecatheon conjugens var. conjugens, Dodecatheon conjugens var. viscidum)

One of the first desert shooting stars of 2013 as seen blooming on low benches above Washington Highway 14 east of Eightmile Creek in the Columbia Hills State Park...........March 2, 2013.

Paul Slichter