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