Plant waxes are complex mixtures of hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, esters, acids, and combinations of these that are deposited in a layer outside the epidermal cells. This complex mixture of lipids probably is synthesized in the epidermal cells of most plants and exuded onto the surface. Plants usually possess cutin, a layer of cross-esterified hydroxy fatty acids which is also deposited on the surface of the epidermal cells (Kolattukudy, 1980). This layer is impregnated with waxes. The combined lipid covering not only protects the plant from invasion by foreign organisms but also helps to regulate transpiration.
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Seigler, D.S. (1998). Plant Waxes. In: Plant Secondary Metabolism. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4913-0_4
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