Family Name: Malvaceae
Native to: Costa Rica
Commonly known as the spiny hibiscus or prickly umbrella, Wercklea ferox is an evergreen shrub native to Costa Rica. The large leaves can grow up to 2 feet wide and have distinctive red veins. Prickly spines cover the red-veined leaves and stems of this tropical shrub. The striking blooms are red and yellow.
The genus, Wercklea, is named in honor of Carl Werckle (1860-1924), a French naturalist who made important contributions to Costa Rican botany. The species name, ferox, translates to fierce in Latin. Wercklea ferox is a member of the Malvaceae plant family and is a relative of hibiscus, cotton, and cacao.