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