Gossypium Linnaeus. Subfamily: Malvoideae.
A genus of about 40-50 species, herbs, shrubs, and trees, of warm temperate to tropical areas.
ID notes: Agricultural cotton is now a complex set of cultivars, some involving cross-breeding between Gossypium barbadense and Gossypium hirsutum, and some plants may not be readily identifiable to species.
Ref: Bayer & Kubitzki In Kubitzki & Bayer (2003); Fryxell (1969); Fryxell (1976); Fryxell (1979); Fryxell (1992); Fryxell & Hill (2015f) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2015); Wendel & Grover (2015). Show full citations.