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

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.