1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Gossypioides Skovst. ex J.B.Hutch.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Africa, Madagascar.

    [FZ]

    Malvaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Subscandent shrubs.
    Leaves
    Leaves lobed.
    Epicalyx
    Epicalyx of 3 incised-dentate bracts.
    Calyx
    Calyx shortly 5-dentate.
    Pistil
    Ovary 3–5-locular, loculi 2–? -ovulate; style 3–4-branched.
    Fruits
    Capsule loculicidally dehiscent.
    Seeds
    Seeds ovoid.
    Cytology
    Chromosome number: n=12.
    [FTEA]

    Malvaceae, Bernard Verdcourt & Geoffrey Mwachala. Pavonia, B Verdcourt; Kosteletzkya, OJ Blanchard Jr.; Gossypium, P Fryxell & B Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

    Habit
    Subscandent or climbing shrubs
    Leaves
    Leaves 3–5-lobed; foliar nectaries 1–5 on principal veins beneath; stipules falcate or auriculate-clasping, usually persistent
    Flowers
    Flowers axillary or in 1–4-flowered sympodial inflorescences
    Epicalyx
    Epicalyx bracts 3, incised-lobed, persistent
    Calyx
    Calyx short, subtruncate or very shortly 5-lobed or undulate
    Stamens
    Staminal column bearing numerous anthers on short filaments
    Ovary
    Ovary 3–5-locular with 2–9 ovules in each locule.
    Style
    Styles united below but ± free above forming 3–5 lobes.
    Stigma
    Stigmas distinct, clavate
    Fruits
    Capsule 3–5-locular, loculicidally dehiscent
    Seeds
    Seeds ellipsoid, glabrescent or densely lanate.
    Note
    Two species, the other in Madagascar. Exceedingly similar in facies to Gossypium and I have some doubts about separating it; the chromosome number is however 2n = 24 (not 26 or 52).

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania

    Gossypioides Skovst. ex J.B.Hutch. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in New Phytol. 46: 131 (1947)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in New Phytol. 46: 131 (1947).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Fryxell, Nat. Hist. Cotton tribe: 36 (1979)
    • New Phytol. 46: 131 (1947)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0