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