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Rhodomyrtus tomentosa 1.jpg
Rhodomyrtus tomentosa in Phnom Bokor National Park, Cambodia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Rhodomyrtus
(DC.) Rchb.

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Rhodomyrtus is a genus of 24 species (one species undescribed) of shrubs and trees in the family Myrtaceae.[1] The genus is native to Asia, Malesia, Melanesia, and Australia. 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 (Snow et al. 2008).

Species include:


  1. ^ "Rhodomyrtus". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  • Snow, N., J. McFadden, J. P. Atwood. 2008. Three new species of Rhodomyrtus (DC.) Rchb. (Myrtaceae) from Papua New Guinea. Austrobaileya 7: 691-706.