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PlantFiles: Panama Hat Plant, Carludovica Palm
Carludovica palmata

Family: Cyclanthaceae
Genus: Carludovica (kar-lew-doh-VY-kuh) (Info)
Species: palmata (pahl-MAY-tuh) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rf6824 On Apr 19, 2011, rf6824 from Winona, MS wrote:

I just uploaded a picture of my plant. Since I am in zone 7 this plant can not be planted outside. I have had it in a pot for several years and it has bloomed as you can see in the picture. The bloom looks like white spaghetti. I have just recently discovered what the plant is. I purchased it in Florida some years back as a triangle palm and soon discovered that that was not what it is. I first kept it in the sun and discovered that it liked shade, and it has done better since then. I bring it in our plant room each winter where it has bright light and temp. 60 C or above.

Negative tomtrump On Jan 25, 2010, tomtrump from Miami, FL wrote:

Panama Hat Plant/Carludovica palmata planted in December, 2008, in Miami, FL. from 20 gallon cont. at approx. 4-6 ft. hgt.
Experienced record low temperatures Jan. 2010, 32 degrees with wind chills into the mid-20s, above ground foliage destroyed and since removed. Does anyone have knowledge concerning possible regrowth from roots?

Positive JoseMaria On Aug 20, 2008, JoseMaria from Ciudad Neily
Costa Rica wrote:

Origin: Central America, north of South America
Carludovica grows to 4 meters, looks like a palm, but has no trunk.
It is not a palm botanicaly speaking.
The flowers are like a bunch of white spagettis, the fruit is green on the outside and bright red inside. Seeds are very small, and birds eat the fruits and disperse the seeds.
Easy to reproduce by suckers and seeds.. Can be planted in pots .
Is used to make Panama hats.

Positive palmbob On Aug 18, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A very palm-like plant but with cylindindrical petioles (pretty uncommon in the palm world)- makes huge, densely packed clumps of plant- likes tons of water. Commonly planted landscape plant in tropics.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
Winona, Mississippi

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