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Bayberry wax and bayberries

Abstract

The “wax” of various species of Myrica is not a true wax, but a vegetable tallow extracted from the surface of the fruits. The principal use of the “wax” is for Christmas candles, but it is also used in soap, ointments, leatherpolishing formulations, etching, and medicinals.

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Correspondence to Louis O. Williams.

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Williams, L.O. Bayberry wax and bayberries. Econ Bot 12, 103–107 (1958). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02863134

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Keywords

  • Economic Botany
  • Colombia
  • Venezuela
  • Ecuador
  • Vegetable Tallow