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Carludovicia

Carludovicia (family Cyclanthaceae) A genus of trees which have a short stem and tufted, palmate leaves. The flowers are borne on a spadix which at first is enveloped by bracts, developing later into a head of berries. Young leaves of C. palmata (Panama-hat palm) provide the fibre for Panama hats. There are 3 species, occurring in the northern part of tropical America.

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panama-hat palm

panama-hat palm, perennial herb (Carludovica palmata) growing wild from Central America south to Bolivia. Despite its frondlike leaves it is not a true palm. The leaves are used to weave Panama hats, an industry centered in Ecuador. The plant is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Liliopsida, order Cyclanthales, family Cyclanthaceae.

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Panama-hat palm

Panama-hat palm See CARLUDOVICIA.

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