Sugarcane wax

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Stalks of sugarcane


A hard, dark green or brown vegetable wax. Sugarcane wax is extracted from sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) or bagasse with solvents. It is used to as a lubricant for plastics and as an ingredient in carbon paper wax.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane); sugar-cane wax

Other Properties

Refined wax: iodine value=13-29, acid value = 8-23, saponification value = 55-95 Crude wax: iodine value=32-84, acid value =24-57, saponification value = 128-177

Melting Point 76-82
Density 0.961-0.979
Refractive Index 1.510

Hazards and Safety


Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: mp=80C, acid number=23-28
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993 Comment: melting point = 76-79C
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: refined: melting point =77-82C, density=0.961-0.979, ref. index = 1.510, iodine value=13-29, acid value = 8-23, saponification value = 55-95