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

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.