Cyclanthaceae (Panama hat palm family) 

    The Cyclanthaceae family is comprised of tropical and subtropical herbs, vines and shrubs native to Central and tropical South America and the West Indies.  There are 12 genera and about 180 species.  Carludovica palmata leaves are used to make Panama hats. 

    The following member of the Cyclanthaceae family is growing at Montoso Gardens:

 

Scientific Name Common Name Plant Family

Carludovica palmata

Panama hat palm

Cyclanthaceae

 

 

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