What Is The Scientific Name Of Cotton?


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The scientific name for cotton is Gossypium, which is a plant belonging to the Malvaceae family. 

If you're interested in learning more about the cotton plan, and the role cotton plays in our history, then here are a few fascinating facts:

  •  There is evidence of cotton being used as far back as 7000 years ago, but the use of cotton became widespread within India between 2000BC and 1000BC.
  • The Industrial Revolution in Britain paved the way for large scale cotton manufacturing, as textiles became Britain's leading trade export. 
  • To this day, cotton is a massive export of the United States.

Uses of cotton:

Cotton is used primarily for clothing, but it does have plenty of other uses too, including the following:

  1. Bath towels/robes.
  2. Fishing nets.
  3. Coffee filters.
  4. Tents.
  5. Fire hoses were at one time made from cotton!

As you can see, cotton has a variety of uses, and has been a significant part of daily life throughout the world for thousands of years.

Here's a really interesting video about the history of cotton:

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