Hibiscus coccineus or scarlet rose mallow, is a hardy Hibiscus species whose leaves resemble those of Cannabis sativa (marijuana). It is also known as Texas star, brilliant hibiscus, and scarlet hibiscus. The plant is native to a marsh-like habitat. It dies back during the winter and grows 7'-10' high. In addition to the scarlet flowering variety, a white flowering variety is also known as the white Texas star or lone star hibiscus.
Hibiscus spp. is a large genus, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperature regions throughout the world. Member species are noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The generic name, Hibiscus, is derived from the Greek word ἱβίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40–90) gave to Althaea officinalis.
This photograph was taken on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, at the edge of the Parque Nacional Corcovado.
Hibiscus, Hibiscus coccineus