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

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.