Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1991, 56, 1123-1129

Unusual alkanes pattern of some plant cuticular waxes

Karel Stránský, Milan Streibl and Karel Ubik

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 166 10 Prague


Eight gas chromatograms present an unusual composition of alkanes ( including branched alkanes) from cuticular waxes. In plants of a lower phylogenetic class (liverwort, lichens), further in seeds and sprouts of tubers (Solanaceae) and especially in the anthers and pollens of some plants a high proportion of branched alkanes has been found (up to 72%).