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

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.