Gossypium darwinii

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Darwin's cotton
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Gossypium
G. darwinii
Binomial name
Gossypium darwinii

Gossypium darwinii, or Darwin's cotton, is a species of cotton plant which is found only on the Galapagos Islands. Genetic studies indicate that it is most closely related to the native American species Gossypium barbadense,[1] thus it is surmised that a seed arrived from South America on the wind, in the droppings of a bird or associated with debris by sea.


  1. ^ Small, R. L.; Ryburn, J. A.; Cronn, R. C.; Seelanan, T.; Wendel, J. F. (September 1, 1998), "The Tortoise and the Hare: Choosing between Noncoding Plastome and Nuclear Adh Sequences for Phylogeny Reconstruction in a Recently Diverged Plant Group", American Journal of Botany, 85 (9): 1301–15, doi:10.2307/2446640, ISSN 0002-9122, JSTOR 2446640, PMID 21685016

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