Cotton - plant profile
The plantCotton plants can grow into shrubs 6 to 20 m high, although they are usually much smaller in cultivation.
Leaves - broad and have three to five (or even seven) lobes.
|Image: A live cotton plant growing at Kew Gardens.|
Fruits - creamy-white flowers are produced that later turn deep pink and fall off, leaving seed pods called 'cotton bolls'. Inside the bolls are seeds surrounded by fibres which are spun into thread for cloth. These cotton fibres are used to make 40% of the world's textiles.
domesticated independently for their fibre.
90% of the world's cotton is now produced from cultivars of G. hirsutum and G. barbadense. The Asian cottons have a minor economic role, mainly in South Asia.