Pandanales is an order of flowering plants, with a pantropical distribution.
The APG II system, which places this in the monocots, the order consists of five families:
Thus circumscribed, the order includes palm-like trees, shrubs, lianas, and herbs.
In older plant classifications,
The circumscription in APG II is a slight change from that in the 1998 APG system, which used the circumscription:
The Cronquist system (1981) placed the order in subclass Arecidae in class Liliopsida [=monocotyledons] with only one family:
The Wettstein system (1935) placed the order in class Monocotyledones and used a different circumscription, incorporating:
The Bentham & Hooker system (1883) had a similar order under the name Nudifloreae, incorporating:
Several species in this order produce strap-like leaves
that are used for basketry; Pandanus
(Pandanaceae) is used across Oceania
for thatch, basketry, and to make cloth, and Carludovica palmata
(Cyclanthaceae) leaves are made into Panama hats