• WordNet 3.6
    • n Kennedya genus of Australian woody vines having showy red or purplish flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kennedya A genus of perennial leguminous herbs, belonging to the tribe Phaseoleæ, or bean family, most nearly related to Hardenbergia, but differing from it in the more showy red or purple flowers and longer keel (relatively to the wings). There are 17 known species of this genus, all natives of Australia and Tasmania, many of which are cultivated for their showy flowers, under the name of bean-flower, but are more or less confounded by florists with Hardenbergia. K. rubicunda, the red bean-flower, is the species most frequently seen in conservatories of England and the United States. Numerous leaf-impressions found in the Tertiary rocks of Bohemia, Croatia, and Carinthia have been referred with confidence to this genus by competent specialists, and four fossil species are described.
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In literature:

The winding narrow-leaved Kennedyas, Gnaphaliums in abundance; Aotus in low bushes.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Height, 4 ft. Other varieties of Kennedyas range from 2 to 10 ft.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink