Carludovica palmata is a palmlike plant that reaches 5 feet to 8 feet in height. Although it is a member of the Cyclanthaceae family, considered close relatives of the Palmae (Arecaceae) family, C. palmata and the rest of the Cyclanthaceae are not palms at all. This plant is famous for it's use in making Panama hats. Despite its name, the famous 'Panama hat' did not originate in Panama at all, but in Ecuador
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