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