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

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.