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

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.