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

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.