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Carludovica palmata /Panama-hat Plant, Jipijapa Palm

Carludovica palmata   / Carludovica palmata
Has palm-like leaves although not a palm
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Has palm-like leaves although not a palm

Older leaves use to make baskets, mats an in roof thatch

About seven leaves needed to make one Panama hat

Grows in tropical regions of the world

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Scientific Name: Carludovica palmata
Common Name: Panama-hat Plant, Jipijapa Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11, 12 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Palms and Palm-like Plants
Comments: Younger leaves are used in making Panama hats, while older ones are used in construction of mats baskets and thatch roofs. Not a true palm. Has male and female flowers on same plant. Flowers are densely arranged on axillary spadixes that usually have two or more deciduous spathes.