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The Mexican candelilla plant and its wax

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About eight million pounds of this wax, obtained from wild plants in northern Mexico and adjacent parts of Texas, have been used annually in the United States in recent years—three million of them in the chewing-gum industry, the rest in the manufacture of coating and polishing preparations.

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    Markley, Klare S. S. Caranday—Source of Palm Wax. Econ. Bot. 9: 39–52. 1955.

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Correspondence to W. H. Hodge.

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This article is based in part on “Industrial Raw Materials of Plant Origin. III. A Survey of Candelilla and Candelilla Wax” by P. M. Daugherty. H. H. Sineath, and T. A. Wastler. 1953. Bulletin 16, Engineering Experiment Station of the Georgia Institute of Technology, to which publication the interested reader is referred for more information on the market potential of candelilla and for a complete bibliography. Unless credited otherwise, all photographs are by W. H. Hodge.

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Hodge, W.H., Sineath, H.H. The Mexican candelilla plant and its wax. Econ Bot 10, 134–154 (1956). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02985323

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Keywords

  • Sugarcane
  • Economic Botany
  • Botanical Description
  • Selective Solvent Extraction
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