Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Gossypium barbadense (Gallini cotton).

Abstract

Gossypium barbadense is a cultivated cotton plant native to Peru and Ecuador that has been widely introduced in cultivation. It has escaped and become naturalized in Africa, Australia, Oceania, and parts of the Caribbean and is categorized as invasive on a number of Pacific Islands. Although reported as a weed, its impacts are not detailed, but large clumps have been reported growing on Pacific Islands. It is capable of hybridization with other Gossypium species, so weedy, feral populations can contaminate the gene pool of native Gossypium. It may re-sprout after cutting.