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 Plants of Hastings

For over 25 years, Dr. Jim Griffin (left) worked at Hastings on various aspects of plants and plant ecology. Jim wrote a flora, (or a book describing each plant) for Hastings. For each plant, Jim wrote up a brief description and included some interesting natural history. The Flora of Hastings is based on over 3,000 specimens of plants preserved by Jim and kept in the Hastings herbarium.


Vascular Plants
     A species list of Hastings vascular plants (HTML) (or plain text-faster download) is available and is based on the Flora of Hastings Reservation, Carmel Valley, California. 1995. Griffin, James T., 3rd. Edition (Stromberg, Mark R., Berman, R., and Mathews, M. A., eds.) 90 pp. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California Berkeley. You can download the Flora of Hastings as a PDF file (2 Mb) and take it to your local print shop if you want a hard copy. We no longer sell printed copies.
Jim Griffin co-authored a book, "Distribution of Forest Trees in California" and we have made this book, otherwise out of print, available on this website (click here-bottom of page).
A short Hastings Plant Bibliograpy is available; for more updated bibliography, check the updated, searchable Hastings Bibliography (left).
     The University of California Jepson Flora Project presents additional information on the California flora. An online version of the Jepson Manual is also available.

   We also have lists of the Bryophtes at Hastings, (Mosses, Liverworts, Hornworts) as well as Excel datasets for the specimens collected at Hastings.

   We also have lists of the Lichens at Hastings, based on a single sample. Sampling by members of the American Society of Lichenologists, in a field trip of 25 collectors in July, 2008 will add another list.

Vegetation Data
     We have compiled various data sets on the cover or frequency of plant present at Hastings. Vegetation data has been taken at Hastings since the early 1970s.

Other Resources Include:

An Illustrated Flora of Monterey County. 1998. Mathews, M. California Native Plant Society, Sacramento. It has drawings of each species! This book is available through the Monterey Chapter, California Native Plant Society

Plants Eaten By Mammals at Hastings. 1940's. Jean Linsdale. For most species of Hastings plants, a small section of leaf was cleared and mounted on a microscope slide to show the cell walls and patterns of cellular structure. These microscope slides are labeled for each species. Using this reference collection of plant tissues, the gut contents of many small mammals were examined and a list of plants found to be eaten by Hastings mammals was compiled. This list was scanned in 2003 and is available as a PDF file.

Distribution maps, color pictures, etc. of Hastings plants, go to Cal Flora. Cal Flora was shut down in early 2003 due to budget cuts, but it is back!You can copy the scientific name of the plant from the plant list here into the NatureServe search page and obtain other information on state, federal status, images, distribution, ecology, and literature for each species.