5020.000 Gossypium L.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or herbs, dotted with black oil-glands. Leaves palmately lobed. Flowers yellow, sometimes purplish. Epicalyx of 3 leaf-like and persistent bracts, deeply incised (in ours). Calyx cup-shaped, truncate. Style not branched, clavate. Ovary 3-5-locular. Fruit a loculicidally-dehiscent capsule. Seeds usually with floss (or lint).

Worldwide: 39 species from warm temperate to tropical regions

Botswana: 1 taxon.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Cadarena Pudoraria
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman)
Phaiogramma stibolepida
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
herbaceum L. subsp. africanum (Watt) Vollesen var. africanum (Watt) Hutch & GhoseN,SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Gossypium:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Gossypium
Flora of Mozambique: Gossypium
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Gossypium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gossypium
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Gossypium

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gossypium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gossypium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Gossypium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gossypium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gossypium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Gossypium.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=947, retrieved 24 April 2018

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