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Rhodomyrtus tomentosa in Phnom Bokor National Park, Cambodia
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Myrtoideae
Tribe: Myrteae
Genus: Rhodomyrtus
(DC.) Rchb.
Synonyms [1] [2]
  • Myrtus sect. RhodomyrtusDC.
  • CynomyrtusScriv.
  • PsidiomyrtusGuillaumin

Rhodomyrtus is a group of shrubs and trees in the family Myrtaceae described as a genus in 1841. [2] [3] [4] The genus is native to southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Melanesia, and Australia. [1] [5] [6]

Its greatest levels of diversity are on New Guinea and in northeastern Australia. DNA sequence data and morphological data indicate that the genus is artificial (polyphyletic). Additional studies are needed before it can be split into two or more smaller monophyletic genera. [7]

Species [1]
  1. Rhodomyrtus effusa Guymer - Qld
  2. Rhodomyrtus elegans (Blume) A.J. Scott - Maluku, NG
  3. Rhodomyrtus guymeriana N.Snow - PNG
  4. Rhodomyrtus kaweaensis N.Snow - PNG
  5. Rhodomyrtus lanata Guymer - PNG
  6. Rhodomyrtus locellata (Guill.) Burret - NC
  7. Rhodomyrtus longisepala N. Snow & J. McFadden - PNG
  8. Rhodomyrtus macrocarpa Benth. - Finger cherry - NG, Aru, Qld
  9. Rhodomyrtus mengenensis N.Snow - PNG
  10. Rhodomyrtus misimana N.Snow - PNG
  11. Rhodomyrtus montana Guymer - WNG
  12. Rhodomyrtus obovata C.T. White - PNG
  13. Rhodomyrtus pervagata Guymer - Qld
  14. Rhodomyrtus pinnatinervis (G. Don) Benth. - NG, Bismarck
  15. Rhodomyrtus psidioides (G.Don) Benth. - Native guava - Qld, NSW
  16. Rhodomyrtus salomonensis (C.T. White) A.J. Scott - Solomon
  17. Rhodomyrtus sericea Burret - Qld
  18. Rhodomyrtus surigaoensis Elmer - Mindanao
  19. Rhodomyrtus takeuchii N. Snow & J. Cantley - PNG
  20. Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Aiton) Hassk. - SE Asia, India, Sri Lanka, S China, Ryukyu Islands
  21. Rhodomyrtus trineura (F.Muell.) Benth. - NG, Bismarck, Qld, Maluku

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