- The principal varieties of Egyptian cotton are: Mitafifi, the bestknown and most extensively grown, hardy and but little affected by climatic variation.
- The lint is pure white, very fine and silky, but not so strong as Mitafifi cotton.
- To Mitafifi, but slightly less valuable.
- The lint is brown and generally resembles Mitafifi but is less valuable.
- Four kinds are produced: rough cotton or " vegetable wool," sea island, brown or Mitafifi, and smooth or American.