Moss wax

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A plant wax extracted from Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneodies, that is native to Central America and the southeastern coast of the United States. Spanish moss grows on trees, drooping from their branches. It contains up to 4% wax. Moss wax is used for polishes.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Tillandsia usneodies; cera de musgo (Esp.); Spanish moss wax

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Iodine value=33.0
  • Acid value = 25.0
  • Saponification value = 120.4
  • Melting Point = 79-80 C

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 149
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: melting point =79-80, iodine value=33.0, acid value = 25.0, saponification value = 120.4

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