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

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.