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

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.