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Gossypium thurberi

Gossypium thurberi Todaro

Algodoncillo, Thurber's Cotton, Wild Cotton

Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Synonym(s): Thurberia thespesioides


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Cream to pale yellow, often with reddish basal spots.


Native Habitat: Open, arid habitats, rocky hillsides, banks of seasonal streams.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Gossypium thurberi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gossypium thurberi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gossypium thurberi


Record Modified: 2020-11-02
Research By: CBR

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