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The Correct Name for the Hawaiian Gossypium

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Title:The Correct Name for the Hawaiian Gossypium
Authors:Wilbur, Robert L.
Date Issued:Jan 1964
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Wilbur RL. 1964. The correct name for the Hawaiian Gossypium. Pac Sci 18(1): 101-103.
Abstract:For almost a century the endemic Hawaiian
Gossypium has been known as G. tomentosum.
This species has received much attention especially
in recent years since it has been thought
by some to form together with the two American
cultivated cottons, G. hirsutum L. and G.
barbadense L., a small section of closely related
species with a similar distinctive origin. The
section is unique within the genus in that its
three related species, as interpreted by Hutchinson,
Silow, and Stephens (1947), are alloretraplaids
reputedly having derived one genome
from the diploid American complex and another
from the group to which the Asiatic and African
cultivated cottons belong. Naturally species with
apparently as bizarre an origin as these three
have been frequently discussed in the cytological,
genetical, and phytogeographical literature. As
a result the name G. tomentosum has become
very well known indeed for the Hawaiian plant.
Unfortunately for the sake of stability, this
application of the name
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 18, Number 1, 1964

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