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Genus of the Week

Week of October 19-25

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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
If you like this page, you should also visit the Land of the Glandular Trichomes , a microscopic look at plants in the Lamiaceae family.

This week's genus:


Carludovica


Subclass: Monocotyledoneae
Superorder: Arecidae
Order: Cyclanthales
Family: Cyclanthaceae
Subfamily: Carludovicoideae
Number of Species: At least 3
Root: Named for the botanist Carl Ludwig Willdenow, director of the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden in the early 1800's.

The genus Carludovica is best known for the species C. palmata, the Panama hat plant. The young leaves of this species (6 of them at a time, to be exact) are used to weave Panama hats, a major export of the country of Ecuador. The leaves are also used to weave other textiles such as baskets. In Ecuador, C. palmata is also called "jipijapa", which is the name of a town in that country.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Carludovica species: