Cuticle Layer Of A Plant

Cuticle Layer Of A Plant

A Plant

A plant cuticle is the waxy film or membrane that covers leaves and other dermal tissue on plant sections above the ground. Waxes and polymers such as cutin and cutan, which contain omega hydroxy acids, ester, epoxides, and hydrophobic aliphatic compounds, make up the plant cuticle. Cutin is a polyester polymer, while cutan is a hydrocarbon polymer; both contribute to a plant’s ability to thrive in an aerial environment. Cuticular membranes protect plants primarily from water loss, but also assist with other dermal tissue functions such as infection prevention.


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