|GOSSYPIUM BARBADENSE - SEA ISLAND COTTON.
Algodon pais, Creole cotton, Long staple cotton, Pima cotton, Sea Island cotton, West Indische katoen.
Malvaceae (Mallow family).
A tropical perennial plant with yellow flowers and black seeds. Contains the chemical compound Gossypol; confers insect resistance to the plant.
Gossypol is a yellow pigment, from the stem seeds and root, that also has antifungal - and antitumor properties. It is also used as antifertility drug; used extensively in China as a male contraceptive.
From the small seeds edible oil is produced.
The seed-fluff (3 – 5 cm) is of extraordinary quality and used by the Amerindians to weave hammocks.
Suriname's traditional medicine
The leaves are used in the treatment against hypertension, delayed - and irregular menstruation.
An extract from the flowers is used against ear inflammation.
Another therapeutic application is the use as an emmenagogue (a substance that helps to promote menstruation).
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USDA zone 9 - 11.
Full sun, needs high humidity and high rainfall.
The plant is very sensitive to frost, so plant in frost free areas.
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