Family Name: Malvaceae
Native to: Central America
Gossypium hirsutum is the most widely cultivated species of cotton in the United States. After the flowers wither they leave pods which are called cotton bolls. Moist fibers grow inside the boll and push out from the newly formed seeds. As the boll ripens, it turns brown. The fibers continue to expand under the warm sun. The boll then splits and exposes the cotton.