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

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.