Campus Units

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2017

Journal or Book Title

Systematic Botany

Volume

42

Issue

1

First Page

115

Last Page

123

DOI

10.1600/036364417X694593

Abstract

Wake Atoll is an isolated chain of three islets located in the Western Pacific. Included in its endemic flora is a representative of the genus Gossypium colloquially referred to as Wake Island cotton. Stanley G. Stephens pointed out that “Wake Island cotton does not resemble closely either the Caribbean or other Pacific forms.” Taking into consideration morphological distinctions, the geographic isolation of Wake Atoll, and newly generated molecular data presented here, we conclude that the cottons of Wake Atoll do in fact represent a new species of Gossypium, here named Gossypium stephensii. This name is chosen to commemorate the eminent natural historian, evolutionary geneticist, and cotton biologist, S. G. Stephens.

Comments

This article is published as Gallagher, Joseph P., Corrinne E. Grover, Kristen Rex, Matthew Moran, and Jonathan F. Wendel. "A new species of cotton from Wake Atoll, Gossypium stephensii (Malvaceae)." Systematic Botany 42, no. 1 (2017): 115-123. 10.1600/036364417X694593. Posted with permission.

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Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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