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Genus Kardomia Family Myrtaceae

Description: Shrubs or tall shrubs.

Leaves opposite, entire.

Flowers mostly solitary; hypanthium ridged, rugose or papillose, rarely smooth, usually tapering into the flower stalk; sepals 'compound', the inner lobe thin-textured, obtuse, and the dorsal protuberance thickened and often acute; stamens 4–13, located towards the margins of, or opposite, the sepals, weakly geniculate.

Capsules 3-locular, thin-walled; seeds flattened, truncately D-shaped, radially arranged on a low placenta.


Distribution and occurrence: A genus of 6 species. Distribution: New South Wales to northern Queensland.

Species in this genus were formerly included in Babingtonia but the latter genus is restricted to Western Australia.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Wilson et al. (2007) Aust. Syst. Bot. 20: 302–318.

 Key to the species 
1Leaves >1.5 mm wide.2
Leaves <1.5 mm wide.3
2Petals >2.5 mm wide; hypanthium rough; leaves with length/breadth ratio of 1.7–2.2:1.Kardomia prominens
Petals <2.5 mm wide; hypanthium smooth; leaves with length/breadth ratio of 1.2–1.7:1.
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Kardomia silvestris
3Leaves linear; outer sepals acute or acuminate, 0.8–1.8 mm long.Kardomia odontocalyx
Leaves obovate; outer sepals obtuse, to 0.3 mm long
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Kardomia jucunda

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