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Linnaean Name: Gossypium arboreum Linnaeus
Reference: Species Plantarum 2 : 693 (1753)
Provenance: "Habitat in Indiae arenosis."
Generitype of: Gossypium Linnaeus
Type: Lectotype : Herb. Linn. No. 874.3 (LINN)
Designated by: Fawcett & Rendle in Fl. Jamaica 5 : 148 (1926)
Current Name: Gossypium arboreum L.
Current Family: Malvaceae
Comments: Watt (Wild Cult. Cotton Pl. World: 84, pl. 7. 1907) discussed some of the elements involved and, although he concluded that Plukenet's description and plate "..must be accepted as manifesting the type of the species botanically", he also referred (pl. 7) to the LINN specimen as "type". Watt therefore failed to make an effective type choice.
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Record last updated: 20/06/2006