OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Malvales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Gossypium hirsutum   FAMILY Malvaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gossypium hirsutum var. hirsutum   FAMILY Malvaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Gossypium herbaceum

INCLUDING (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Gossypium hirsutum

 

COMMON NAME:
Upland Cotton


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image of Gossypium hirsutum, Upland Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm161106_124

November    Williamsburg County    SC

Agricultural cotton now a complex set of cultivars, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Gossypium hirsutum, Upland Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm161106_129

November    Williamsburg County    SC

An epicalyx of bracts immediately subtends the calyx, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Gossypium hirsutum, Upland Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm161106_132

November    Williamsburg County    SC

Leaf blade shallowly 3-5-lobed, lobes broadly ovate, base cordate, per Flora of North America.

image of Gossypium hirsutum, Upland Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm161106_134

November    Williamsburg County    SC

Corolla pale yellow (vs. that of Sea-island Cotton deep yellow), per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Gossypium hirsutum, Upland Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm161106_136

November    Williamsburg County    SC

image of Gossypium hirsutum, Upland Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm161106_139

November    Williamsburg County    SC

Capsules smooth, glabrous. Seeds comose, hairs (cotton) usually white, per Flora of North America.

image of Gossypium hirsutum, Upland Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm181111_5840

November    Williamsburg County    SC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Gossypium hirsutum   FAMILY Malvaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gossypium hirsutum var. hirsutum   FAMILY Malvaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Gossypium herbaceum

INCLUDING (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Gossypium hirsutum

 

Find by scientific name:

4060

Shrub; Tree
Annual/Perennial

Non-native: Central & South America, the West Indies, south Florida

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rarely adventive or a waif

Habitat: Coastal hammocks, rockland hammock edges, coastal rock barrens (in FL peninsula), disturbed areas, a frequently cultivated crop, especially in sandy soils of the Coastal Plain, rarely adventive or a waif where grown, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Leaves are subtended by stipules.

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pale yellow
5 sepals united at base or more than half their length
5 petals united at base
Stamens united to form a staminal column surrounding ovary and styles
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Capsule

 

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