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Facultad de Ciencias - Instituto de Ciencias Naturales
Common Names of Plants in Colombia
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Cenefa
mabaco
sauce playero
cedro
dalia
cardita
coralillo
helecho cola de pez
ahuyama
liberal
mangle
bonche
helecho pategallina
granadilla de monte
helecho marranero
pasto bufel
gallito
paja rosada
coquito
cucharo
canastilla
corona de Cristo
bototo
yuca
nolocrea
cañeja
totiadera
azuceno
macondo
rabo de alacrán
altramuz
batatilla
badea
cardosanto
garcero
guásimo
ortiga
velacho
gurguru
melena
guaba
uva
francesina
carbonero
gusanito
marañón
mano de oso
matricaria
cincollagas
botoncillo
arrayán guayabo
papayo
campanitas
chontaduro
palma de cera
coralito
bombona
cresta de gallo
capuchina
clavellino
huevo de varraco
loto
mermelada
tote
olivo macho
abejín
sueldaconsuelda
frutilla
lecho
arizá
borlita
chitató
taruya
verbena negra
araucaria
frailejón
cabecinegro
pacó
holly
purichingo
sanjoaquín
bejuco ortiga
cacao
floral
cortapicos
guacamayo
uva de playa
teresita
pacó amarillo
carácter del hombre
tabaco
cabuya
gurrubo
clemón
venturosa
pensamientos
cholupa
patillita
albarico
ortiga
piña
árnica
bastón del emperador
tango
suela
copa de oro
pacunga
haba
acedera
brillalasonce
barrigona
barbasco
huella de tigre
yaco
burriadá
gaque
ortiga
sueldaconsuelda
rabo de zorro
mangle piñuelo
aroma
uña de gato
mabacoAttalea microcarpa

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.