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Hawaiian Cotton

* At Risk

Scientific Name: Gossypium Tomentosum

Hawaiian Name: Ma’o Huluhulu

These shrubs have large hibiscus like flowers, but produce relatively short cotton fibers that were not useful for cordage or cooking. However the hairs were used for tinder and used similarly to a cotton swab or Q tip. The plant is also resistant to many pests and disease of commercial cotton and has been cross bread with commercial types  to create disease resistant hybrids( Image by Forest and Starr Kim)


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