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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