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