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

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.