This stunning, palm-like plant from rainforests between southern Mexico and Bolivia forms open clusters of long-stalked, large, bifid leaves with a wavy but not pleated surface. Each of the two leaf divisions has a very prominent midrib. The yellow inflorescences arise from the ground and remind of a slender beehive, made up of disk-like sections. C. bipartitus is one of two species in this small genus in the Cyclanthaceae, the other being C. indivisus that sports an undivided leaf and is native to Panama and Colombia only. C. bipartitus makes an unusual ornamental for the tropical garden. In cultivation it is rather uncommon and plants with pleated leaves grown under this name belong to a different genus, most probably Asplundia.