Carludovica palmata

Carludovica palmata (Panama hat plant or toquilla palm) is a palm-like monocot plant. It is not a true palm. Its leaves are different from the leaves of true palms, and unlike true palms it does not develop a woody trunk. Its female flowers (which mature first) have large stigmas, and its male flowers (which mature later) have a lot of pollen.

Panama hat plant
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Pandanales
Family: Cyclanthaceae
Genus: Carludovica
C. palmata
Binomial name
Carludovica palmata
Ruiz & Pav. (1798)

The Panama hat palm is cultivated from Central America to Bolivia. Its soft, flexible, and durable fibers are used to weave Panama hats[2] and other items.


  1. ^ Tropicos, Missouri Botanical Garden
  2. ^ Johnny Morris (8 June 2007). "Crowning glory of the Andes". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 September 2010.

Carludovica palmata by J. van Aken, 1860-1870