Mesquite Gum
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Title: Mesquite Gum
CAS Registry Number: 9000-47-9
Additional Names: Sonora; Prosopis gum
Literature References: Collected from small thorny trees abundant in the arid regions of the Western United States and as far south as Chile: Prosopis juliflora (Swartz) DC., P. dulcis Kunth., P. horrida Kunth., P. inermis H.B.K., P. glandulosa Torr., P. pubescens Benth., P. spicigera L., and other species of Prosopis, Leguminosae. Mesquite gum resembles acacia (gum arabic) in its physical and chemical characteristics. Review of structure work: F. Smith, R. Montgomery, The Chemistry of Plant Gums and Mucilages (Reinhold, New York, 1959) pp 175, 288-291.
Use: Substitute for acacia. Potential source of L-arabinose and D-glucuronic acid, cf. C. L. Mantell, The Water-Soluble Gums (Reinhold, New York, 1947) pp 72-73.

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