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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Asparagaceae
Subfamilia: Agavoideae
Genus: Hastingsia
Species: H. alba – H. atropurpurea – H. bracteosa – H. serpentinicola

Hastingsia S.Watson (1879)

Type species: H. alba (Durand) S.Watson


Watson, S. 1879. Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 14: 217.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Hastingsia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 09. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Hastingsia. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 09 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Hastingsia in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 09. 2019. Hastingsia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 09 Jan. 2019.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Hastingsia in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Hastingsia is a small genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae,[1] known generally as rushlilies. These are small perennial herbs endemic to serpentine soils of the Siskiyou-Klamath region in northern California and SW Oregon in the United States.[2][3] They reach heights between 25 and 90 centimeters and have long linear leaves and racemes of small white flowers.


Hastingsia alba (Durand) S.Watson - white rushlily - California and Oregon
Hastingsia atropurpurea Becking - Oregon
Hastingsia bracteosa S.Watson - largeflower rushlily - Oregon
Hastingsia serpentinicola Becking - Klamath rushlily - California and Oregon


The genus is named after Serranus Clinton Hastings, a 19th century California businessman and judge. Hastings created and endowed the Hastings College of Law.[5] In 2020, a commission of Hastings College concluded that in the 1850s Serranus Hastings facilitated the genocide of the Yuki people in Mendocino County. In November 2021, the Board of Directors of Hastings College voted to change the name of the institution.[6]

Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Agavoideae
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Biota of North America Program, 2013 county distribution maps
Flora of North America, Vol. 26 Page 310, Hastingsia S. Watson, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 14: 217, 242. 1879.
"Page HA-HE". Retrieved July 2, 2007.
Fuller, Thomas (November 3, 2021). "Hastings Law to Change Name Linked to Native Massacres". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 November 2021.

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