Gossypium australe

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Gossypium australe
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Gossypium
Species: G. australe
Binomial name
Gossypium australe

Gossypium australe is an endemic woody shrub, related to cotton, found in north western Australia. Preferring sandy soils near watercourses, it grows to about two or three feet tall. The leaves are grey and hairy, oval to elliptic, 3 inches (8 cm) long and soft to the touch. Flowers are around 1–2 inches (3–5 cm) long and present a pale pink mauve 'rose' with a deeper shade at the centre. Fruit are hairy, spherical and contain a bristly seed one-sixth inch (0.4 cm) long.[2]

It is sometimes confused with Sturt's Desert Rose Gossypium sturtianum.[2]


  1. ^ Paczkowska, Grazyna (1996-09-19). "Gossypium australe F.Muell.Native Cotton". Florabase, Department of Environment and Conservation. Retrieved 2007-03-18. Gossypium australe. F.Muell. (Native Cotton) Fragm. 1:46 (1858) 
  2. ^ a b Chippendale, Thelma M; Chippendale, George (1980) [1968]. Wildflowers of Central Australia (Axiom books, Hong Kong ed.). West Perth: The Jacaranda Press. pp. 56–57. ISBN 0-7016-0279-1. Gossypium, from the arabic for softness; australe, Australian ,