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Facultad de Ciencias - Instituto de Ciencias Naturales
Common Names of Plants in Colombia
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Cenefa
taruya
paja rosada
holly
macondo
uva
árnica
cardita
granadilla de monte
marañón
ortiga
dalia
pacunga
haba
huevo de varraco
matricaria
ortiga
ortiga
coquito
papayo
francesina
olivo macho
botoncillo
piña
coralito
nolocrea
sanjoaquín
corona de Cristo
cacao
burriadá
arrayán guayabo
clavellino
purichingo
guacamayo
capuchina
teresita
canastilla
sueldaconsuelda
cucharo
mangle piñuelo
cincollagas
totiadera
garcero
barbasco
helecho cola de pez
aroma
pensamientos
palma de cera
pasto bufel
gallito
cabuya
rabo de alacrán
uña de gato
bejuco ortiga
guásimo
loto
mabaco
tango
barrigona
gurguru
cedro
suela
chitató
batatilla
acedera
chontaduro
sueldaconsuelda
cortapicos
patillita
bonche
tote
coralillo
floral
brillalasonce
gaque
copa de oro
tabaco
azuceno
clemón
pacó amarillo
campanitas
uva de playa
venturosa
carácter del hombre
pacó
bastón del emperador
cresta de gallo
guaba
altramuz
mano de oso
ahuyama
rabo de zorro
cholupa
albarico
araucaria
liberal
yuca
abejín
yaco
frailejón
verbena negra
huella de tigre
bototo
gurrubo
cañeja
badea
carbonero
arizá
sauce playero
gusanito
cabecinegro
mermelada
melena
mangle
borlita
velacho
helecho marranero
cardosanto
helecho pategallina
lecho
bombona
frutilla
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This work brings together more than 18,000 common names used in Spanish to designate plants in Colombia, as well as some names in the Creole English of the Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Old Providence. It does not include names in the 64 Amerindian languages spoken in Colombia, as the appropriate documentation of those names requires detailed linguistic studies, and the use of specific writing systems, which in most cases are not yet standardized. On the other hand, available documentation on plant naming in many Amerindian groups is still scarce. Producing works similar to this one for aboriginal languages is a major task that should be undertaken as soon as possible.

This work is based on extensive field work, on abundant bibliographic references, and on herbarium specimens. It brings together the largest collection of Colombian plant common names ever documented.

All names recorded for each species are presented, providing information about the name’s origin, when known, and the regions where it is applied. For those species having several names, we have chosen one that is intended to serve as a national reference for the species. It is under that reference name that the description of the plant and its photographs are shown. These reference names are expected to facilitate the spread of plant knowledge across the country, while showing the diversity of names each species has.