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

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.