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