Cuticle is the protective layer of aerial parts of plants. The present study investigates the effects of species, season, solvent, size, and side of leaves on cuticular wax yield in Calotropis procera and Calotropis gigantea. Epicuticular wax has been isolated using acetone and chloroform separately. Statistical data revealed that C. procera had a higher cuticular wax yield (0.1573 mg cm−2) than C. gigantea (0.1197 mg cm−2). Season and size of the leaves were observed to significantly influence wax yield in both the species. However, side of leaf does not influence the wax yield in both species.
Calotopis proceraCalotopis giganteaCuticular wax Drought Water loss Quantitative variation
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The authors are thankful to Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur for providing infrastructure facilities to carry out the experiments.
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