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

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Insects associated with this genus:
Cadarena Pudoraria Larval foodplant
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman) Larval foodplant
Phaiogramma stibolepida Larval foodplant
Gossypium hirsutum

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hirsutum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Gossypium:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gossypium
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gossypium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gossypium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gossypium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Gossypium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gossypium
JSTOR Plant Science: Gossypium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gossypium
Plants of the World Online: Gossypium
Tropicos: Gossypium
Wikipedia: Gossypium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Gossypium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=947, retrieved 24 April 2024

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