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

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.