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