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(family Cyclanthaceae)

A genus of trees which have a short stem and tufted, palmate leaves. The flowers are borne on a spadix which at first is enveloped by bracts, developing later into a head of berries. Young leaves of C. palmata (Panama-hat palm) provide the fibre for Panama hats. There are 3 species, occurring in the northern part of tropical America.

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