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

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.