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

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.