A palindrome is a symmetric string that reads the same forward and backward. Let pals(w) denote the set of maximal palindromes of a string w in which each palindrome is represented by a pair (c, r), where c is the center and r is the radius of the palindrome. We say that two strings w and z are pal-distinct if pals(w) ≠ pals(z). Firstly, we describe the number of pal-distinct strings, and show that we can enumerate all pal-distinct strings in time linear in the output size, for alphabets of size at most 3. These results follow from a close relationship between maximal palindromes and parameterized matching. Secondly, we present a linear time algorithm which finds a string w such that pals(w) is identical to a given set of maximal palindromes.