Economic Botany

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 53–70 | Cite as

Laticiferous plants of economic importance II

Mexican chilte (Cnidoscolus): A source of gutta-like material
  • Llewelyn Williams


The genus Cnidoscolus, of the Spurge Family (Euphorbiaceae), is a homogeneous group of herbs. shrubs or small to medium-sized trees indigenous to tropical America, with a few species extending to subtropical and temperate regions. The generic name, derived from the Greek meaning nettle and spine, alludes to the painfully stinging hairs frequently present. Two species of chilte growing in west-central Mexico are now utilized in industry as a source of gutta-like material with high hydrocarbon and resin content.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Llewelyn Williams
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  1. 1.U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research ServiceCrops Research DivisionBeltsville

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