Darwin’s cotton, photographed near Urbina Bay of Isabella Island (Ecuador) by the Garden’s director (in 2006), Dr. Quentin Cronk.
Quentin writes: Although this cotton is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, it is closely related to Gossypium barbadense, or Egyptian cotton. See: Wendel, J. F. and R. G. Percy, 1990. Allozyme diversity and introgression in the Galapagos Islands endemic Gossypium darwinii and its relationship to continental Gossypium barbadense. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 18:517-528.
Conservation resource link (by Daniel): The Charles Darwin Foundation “exists to provide knowledge and support to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity of the Galapagos Archipelago through scientific research and complementary actions.”