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

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.