Comparison of the % composition of natural cellulose fibers from milkweed stems with milkweed floss, cotton, and linen.
planes are distinctly seen, whereas the two peaks combine into one broad peak in milkweed floss fibers and also in most fibers obtained from agricultural byproducts (9), (14-20).
The single cells in the milkweed stem fibers are much smaller in length and narrower than those in milkweed floss and in cotton and linen as seen from Table 2 but similar to the single cells in most other lignocellulosic agricultural byproducts (14-20), It should be noted that the milkweed floss and cotton are single cell fibers, whereas all other fibers in Table 2 are multicellular.
Single cell dimensions and % crystallinity of fibers obtained from milkweed stems compared with milkweed floss, cotton.
As mentioned earlier, the milkweed floss and cotton arc a single cell fiber which is a major reason for these fibers to have low deniers.
Breaking elongation of the milkweed stem fibers is higher than that of milkweed floss and linen and most other bast fibers including those obtained from the byproducts of plants such as rice, wheat straw, and sorghum but lower than the elongation of the cotton fibers.