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

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.