Wercklea ferox

General comments: 

A number of synonyms of the accepted name, Wercklea ferox (Hook. f.) Fryxell have been acknowleged by The Plant List.

Diagnostic description: 

Tree that can reach heights of 2m.

Leaves are palmate and wide. Thorns are preset on the leaves. Flowers are cauline. Bees of the family Apidae (Hymenoptera) are often seen visiting the flowers.


For original publication details of Wercklea ferox see: J. Arnold Arbor. 62(4): 464 464 1981.

Geographic Range: 

Wercklea ferox is found in Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and Ecuador.

This information was accessed through Tropicos and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Herbarium.


Larval lepidoperan herbivores collected in Napo Province, Ecuador (Yanayacu Forest).

Foodplant Associations: 

This information is based an ongoing project dedicated to the inventory and dissemination of information on lepidopteran larvae, their host plants, and their parasitoids in a Costa Rican tropical wet forest and an Ecuadorian montane cloud forest.

N=2 herbivore associations as of 2012.

Saturniidae: Gamelia sp.; N=1, Arsenura sp.; N=1.

Larval lepidopteran herbivores reared in Napo Province, Ecuador (Yanayacu Biological Station and Center for Creative Studies).

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith