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Perennial herb; bulb ovoid to ± elongate, outer coat black. Stem: 25–90 cm, slender. Leaf: basal, grass-like, keeled, ± glaucous. Inflorescence: ± scapose raceme or panicle, bracted; flowers 20–70+. Flower: perianth parts 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, fused at base; stamens 6, fused to perianth, outer 3 > perianth, opening before inner, all equal after flowers open; ovary superior, chambers 3, style 1, stigma 3-lobed. Fruit: short-stalked, loculicidal. Seed: ovoid, flat, black.
4 species: California, Oregon. (S.C. Hastings, first Chief Justice of California Supreme Court, 1814–1893) [Becking 2002 FNANM 26:309–312]
Unabridged etymology: (Hon. Serranus Clinton Hastings, 1814–1893, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California)

Key to Hastingsia

1. Stem 40–89 cm; leaves (28)35–41(53) cm; perianth parts spreading to ascending in distal 3/4; plants in areas with water all year ..... H. alba

1' Stem 28–52 cm; leaves (19)21–27(35) cm; perianth parts spreading to reflexed in distal 3/4; plants in areas moist in spring, dry in summer ..... H. serpentinicola


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