Gossypium herbaceum L.
subsp. africanum (Watt) Vollesen
var. africanum (Watt) Hutch & Ghose

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Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance road to Nkasa Lupale N.P.

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Synonyms: Gossypium obtusifolium Roxb. ex G. Don var. africanum Watt
Gossypium puberulum Klotzsch ex Garcke
Common names: Wild cotton (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small shrub mostly up to 1 ·5 m. tall. Leaves up to suborbicular in outline, 6 × 6 cm, 5–7-lobed less than half-way, cordate at the base; lobes usually rounded but occasionally acute; petiole 20–25 mm. long; stipules narrowly linear-lanceolate, up to 15 mm long. Flowers 5–6 cm in diameter, yellow with purple centre. Epicalyx of 3 broadly ovate-cordate bracts, c. 18–20 mm long and wide. Calyx 8–10 mm long. Capsule subglobose, 15–20 mm in diameter, slightly beaked, hairless. Seeds with much floss.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Woodland, bush and grassland mainly at low altitudes
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 26 February 2018
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 83.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259. As Gossypium herbaceum africanum

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 429 - 430. As Gossypium herbaceum africanum (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 280. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 198. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 60.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 69, plate 96

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 83.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 218.

Other sources of information about Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum:

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Flora of Caprivi: Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum
Flora of Mozambique: Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gossypium herbaceum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gossypium herbaceum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gossypium herbaceum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gossypium herbaceum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gossypium herbaceum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gossypium herbaceum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gossypium herbaceum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Gossypium herbaceum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gossypium herbaceum
Ispot Southern Africa: Gossypium herbaceum
JSTOR Plant Science: Gossypium herbaceum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gossypium herbaceum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gossypium herbaceum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Gossypium herbaceum
Tropicos: Gossypium herbaceum


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: Species information: Gossypium herbaceum subsp. africanum var. africanum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139750, retrieved 23 June 2018

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