Capturing The Moment — Desert Cotton In Sabino Canyon   12 comments

Gossypium thurberi (Desert Cotton) — Image by kenne

Naturalist, Bill Kaufman, lead the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) 2011 Training Class on its first Nature Walk yesterday. One of the many plants he talked about was the Desert Cotton, which is really in the cotton family, but produces very little fluff. The beautiful white blooms turn pink by mid-afternoon, some of which can be seen in the photo below.

The Hohokam Indians, who have lived in the Sonoran Desert for thousands of years were very advanced desert farmers, having domesticated cotton early on making it unlikely they made use of the wild Desert Cotton plants for producing cotton fabric.

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Nature Walk leader, Bill Kaufman talks about the Desert Cotton as Debbie and Jerry Bird take notes. — Image by kenne

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