Arrowroot starch

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A starch obtained from the tubers of the Maranta arundinacea plant native to Florida, the West Indies and Central America. Arrowroot starch is used as a Binder and Adhesive. In the mid 1850s, arrowroot starch was used as a binder in salted photographic papers. It produced a bright image with a good density range and high resolution.

See Arrowroot paper.

Arrowroot starch
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Arrowroot starch
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Synonyms and Related Terms

maranta; Maranta arundinacea; arrow-root (Br.); fécule de marante (Fr.); almidón de arruruz (Esp.); almidón de raiz de flecha (Esp.)


  • Susceptible to biodeterioration.
  • Dried films become brittle with age
  • Alpha Resources: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Swellable in hot water.
  • Reacts with a iodine/potassium iodide solution to give a positive purple color

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 768
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Book and Paper Group, Paper Conservation Catalog, AIC, 1984, 1989
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998