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

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.