Wildflower Report for Catherine Creek

LocationCatherine Creek
ReporterGreg Lief
Web sitehttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsThe primary wildflowers now blooming are Bicolored Cluster Lily (Brodiaea howellii), Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Great Camas (Camassia leichtinii), Meadow Death-Camas (Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus), and members of the Lomatium family including Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi), Bare-stem Desert Parsley (Lomatium nudicaule), and Nine-leaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum).

Others in bloom include: Small-flowered Lupine (Lupinus micranthus), Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Chickweed Monkey Flower (Mimulus alsinoides), Common Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus), Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), Small-Flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), Filaree* (Erodium cicutarium), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Bigroot (Marah oreganus) along the upper trail, some False Agoseris (Nothocalais troximoides) along the upper trail, Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum) especially along the upper trail, Poet's Shooting Star (Dodecatheon poeticum), some Striped Coral Root (Corallorhiza striata), Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule), Clasping Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) near the old corral, Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), Ball-Head Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii), and Rigid Fiddleneck (Amsinckia retrorsa).

In the woods above the old corral you will find lots of Big-head Clover (Trifolium macrocephalum), Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata), and Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus). Above the arch, in addition to other previously-listed varieties you will also find Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus), Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea), Naked Broomrape (Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea), and Baby Star (Linanthus bicolor).

There is an ever-increasing amount of Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) along the upper trail. Going off-trail is hazardous to your health!


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