Carludovica (named after Charles IV. of Spain, and Louisa, his queen). A genus of low-growing, palm-like, stove plants. Flowers of separate sexes, in squares arranged very close together in a spiral manner, and forming cylindrical spikes. Leaves stiff, plaite and deeply cut into from two to five division. The species are very ornamental, and several are eminently adapted for tropical gardening. They are easily grown with the usual routine of stove management, thriving in a compost of two parts peat and one of sandy loam; a liberal supply of water is needed.