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Genus Kennedia Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Prostrate or climbing perennials, usually pubescent or villous.

Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate; stipules persistent; stipellate.

Flowers showy, in axillary racemes, umbels, pairs or solitary, often pedunculate; bracts small and caducous or persistent and stipule-like; bracteoles absent. Calyx teeth ± equal to tube, upper two teeth united except at apex. Standard narrow-obovate to ± circular, clavate, often with appendages; keel incurved. Stamens diadelphous; anthers uniform. Ovary with several ovules; style filiform and beardless; stigma terminal.

Pod cylindrical or compressed; seeds ovoid or oblong, prominently arillate.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 16 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.

Text by C. Gardner & T. A. James
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaflets less than 2.5 cm long; stipules cordate; flowers mostly 1–2 on a peduncle 1–3 cm longKennedia prostrata
Leaflets mostly more than 2.5 cm long; stipules not cordate; flowers racemose, 2–12 on a peduncle 2–15 cm long2
2Leaflets 2–5 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide, upper surface rugose; pods glabrousKennedia procurrens
Leaflets 3–13 cm long, 2–10 cm wide, upper surface not rugose, pods hairy
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3
3Flowers 3–4 cm long; racemes 4–5 cm long, 2–12-flowered; stems more or less glabrous to rusty pubescentKennedia rubicunda
Flowers 1.2–1.5 cm long; racemes to 25 cm long, mostly 4–20-flowered; stems and leaflets usually densely rusty to whitish pubescent
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Kennedia retrorsa

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