Geographical Distribution of Cultivated Cottons Relative to Probable Centers of Domestication in the New World

  • S. G. Stephens
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 2)


Most cotton geneticists would agree that the cottons cultivated in the New World separate clearly into two well-defined species, Gossypium hirsutum L. and G. barbadense L. If modern annual forms are excluded from consideration, most forms of G. hirsutum occur in Central America and southern Mexico and most forms of G. barbadense in tropical and subtropical South America. The two species are widely sympatric in the Caribbean area, from northern coastal Colombia through Venezuela and extending through the Lesser and Greater Antilles.


Pacific Coast Amazon Basin Archeological Record Wild Form Central Coast 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. G. Stephens
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  1. 1.Genetics DepartmentNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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